Last year Home-Start supported 56,000 children in 27,000 families, in communities across the UK.
Home-Start is committed to providing real evidence of the difference our volunteers’ support makes for families, which is why we measure the issues faced by families, and the changes to their situation while they are working with a volunteer.
Our support means:
- 91% of parents seeing improvements in their emotional health and well being,
- 94% of parents feeling less isolated,
- 94% seeing improvements in their children’s behaviour and development, and
- 91% feel more able to manage the household budget.
An independent study by Cardiff University one of the largest studies of family support of its kind showed that completing Home-Start support resulted in high rates of improvement among the most stressed families, including:
- 96% of those facing isolation
- 94% of those experiencing low self-esteem, and
- 95% of those coping with mental health issues
- We offer families a choice.
- We work in partnership – with each other, with families and with other agencies.
- We work in a spirit of openness, encouragement and enjoyment.
- We are flexible and responsive to the needs of families.
Home-Start started in 1973. We were founded by Margaret Harrison who believed that supporting a family was best done in their home where it can be shaped to the needs of the family. She realised that if parents get support and friendship from another parent, they will be better equipped to learn to cope with the many difficulties life can bring and will be able to give their children the best possible start to their own lives.
While this idea remains at the heart of our work, we have created new ways of helping parents and their children to meet the changing needs of families.
This idea that started in Leicester, spread across the UK and is now a movement around the world. There are now 22 countries on five continents that have Home-Starts providing support for families.
Margaret remained life president of Home-Start until her death in 2015.