We are able to offer short learning sessions and provide fun activities in holiday times for all the family to enjoy.
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.
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.
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 and Ayshiya, 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/