How can Home-Start help?
Many parents need help, friendship, advice or support during those early years when children are young. There is no rulebook for raising a family and sometimes it can seem overwhelming, particularly if your family is going through difficult times.
But if you can get the support you need when you need it, then day-to-day family life and your children’s future can be so much brighter. Our volunteers are all parents themselves and understand the difficulties that families may be facing.
Could I benefit from Home-Start support?
If you are a parent with at least one child under the age of five, then we may be able to help you. Parents ask for Home-Start’s help for all sorts of reasons:
- You may be feeling lonely or isolated in your community, have no family nearby and are struggling to make friends
- You are struggling with the emotional and physical demands of having a baby, young children, twins or triplets.
- You need help with practical things like budgeting or healthy eating.
- You’d like to get to know what is available for parents and children locally but don’t know where to go or have the confidence to join in.
- You may need someone to talk to, a shoulder to cry on or perhaps someone to play with or read to your children.
If you ask for Home-Start’s help you can be sure of total confidentiality and support from staff and volunteers who are well trained and trustworthy. Our support is free, confidential and non-judgemental and all staff and volunteers have an enhanced level criminal records check. Please click here to view our Support & Advice document.
What happens next?
- After asking for our support you will meet with one of our co-ordinators who will carefully match you with one of our volunteers.
- Your volunteer will visit you at home for a couple of hours a week. You choose whether to have a Home-Start volunteer and you decide when Home-Start support should stop.
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