How can Home-Start help?
- Friendly support through difficult times for as long as is helpful or needed
- Flexibility – you decide with your volunteer when visits will happen and how you spend the time
- Understanding – Home-Start volunteers are parents too! Some may have been supported by Home-Start themselves, or wish they could have been.
- Reassurance – all parents sometimes feel overwhelmed, you are not alone
- A listening ear and a shoulder to cry on, if needed!
- An extra pair of hands – coping with more than one child may make getting out and about tricky, a Home-Start volunteer could provide the help and support you need
- Confidentiality – information about you and your family is never disclosed to anyone outside of Home-Start (except where a child may be at risk)
- Choice – families choose whether or not to accept Home-Start support. A volunteer will only visit at the invitation of the family.
Who can Home-Start help?
In short, any family who is experiencing difficulties, can ask Home-Start for help.
- Lonely or isolated parents
- Families with twins or several pre-school children
- Families where there is ill health
- Families where there is disability / special needs
- Families who have suffered bereavement
- Mums who have post-natal depression
- Mums who need support with breastfeeding
- Families who are new to the area
- Families from all backgrounds
- Lone parents
What happens next?
- Initially, a co-ordinator will come out to meet you, and answer any questions you may have over a cup of tea.
- They will then arrange to contact you after a few days to see how you feel about Home-Start support.
- If you decide to go ahead, they will come to see you again, to complete the paperwork necessary to process your referral.
- After a few visits, you will be introduced to a volunteer, and, if you hit it off, begin to receive weekly visits.
- The co-ordinator will still keep in touch, and we will always be available if you need us.
Who will know that Home-Start is supporting me?
The only people who will know are you, staff at Home-Start, your volunteer and the person who referred you to us. All information is treated in the strictest confidence except where a child is perceived to be at risk of harm.
How long is Home-Start needed?
Some families will need to be visited for only a few months, whilst others will need support for much longer. As long as there is a need and at least one child under five we are happy to be involved.