Our support is free, confidential and non-judgmental.

We help to increase the confidence and independence of families by:
  • Visiting families in their own homes to offer support, friendship and practical assistance
  • Reassuring parents that their childcare problems are not unusual or unique
  • Encouraging parents' strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their children
  • Trying to get the fun back into family life
Our Volunteers, who have parenting experience themselves, can offer:
  • Precious time for listening and talking
  • Help with the children
  • A break for parents
  • Practical help and reassurance
  • A chance to meet other parents in a similar situation
  • Support to use local services and resources
 
Parents ask for Home-Start's help for all sorts of reasons:
  • They may feel isolated in their community, have no family nearby and be struggling to make friends
  • They may be finding it hard to cope because of their own or a child's physical or mental illness
  • They may be a lone parent
  • They may have been hit hard by the death of a loved one
  • They may be really struggling with the emotional and physical demands of having twins or triplets - perhaps born into an already large family
  • They may be encountering relationship difficulties or child behavioural problems.