Our welcoming and friendly family groups run in 6 different locations throughout Pendle and Ribble Valley and provide a safe environment, lead and facilitated by staff and volunteers, where parents have space and time to meet others, socialise, take part in craft activities and discuss issues which are relevant to them. Parents support each other and our group coordinators are there to provide a helping hand if needed. Parents have supported each other with budgeting, relationships, accessing local services and have gone on to form break away groups of their own.
We are able to offer short learning sessions and provide fun activities in holiday times for all the family to enjoy.
We have recently started two new focussed Family Groups. Our ‘Special Guardianship Order’ (SGO) group and our Home-Start Angels group (for families who have lost a child/baby), run on a regular basis in Pendle, and give the opportunity for group activity and peer support to those families affected by the unique issues they face.
Activities and Trips
Home-Start offers whole family activities and trips: to the zoo, the beach and fun days out. Parents grow in confidence to build long lasting friendships and discover fun things some of which may be right on their doorstep! Volunteers are there to provide a helping hand and reassurance.
We are delighted to have had confirmation that The Big Lottery Fund has awarded us another three years funding for our work with families of children aged 5-13 years. The project is to cover all of East Lancashire and we are excited to be working with our colleagues at Home-Start Rossendale, Burnley and Hyndburn Scheme to deliver this.
The project allows us to support families where children have started school or are at transition stage into high school. As children grow, parents face different issues and Home-Start East Lancs Plus aims to match families with a volunteer who can support parents through engaging with schools, understanding bullying, drugs, adolescent mental health and the minefield of social media. Volunteers encourage parents to develop good routines, discipline and communication with their children. Parents are encouraged to work closely with schools to help their child to attend, achieve and enjoy school life. A coordinator, project support worker and dedicated volunteers are there to provide reassurance and empathy.
Genetic Outreach Service
An award winning project funded by East Lancs CCG to help reduce infant mortality in the area. Two genetic outreach workers are based at Home-Start and work in the whole of East Lancashire. They aim to raise genetic literacy in the community on inherited disorders and are able to visit families in their own homes to provide information/support and access to the Genetic Counselling Service to individuals and families affected by autosomal recessive gene disorder. Anne Edington and Zunara Rafiq, our dynamic duo, have a regular presence at specialist clinics and groups. You can find out more about the Community Genetics Project on the website: http://www.communitygenetics.org.uk/