It might be suggested to you by a health visitor, a doctor or another professional but it is entirely up to you if you want to work with Home-Start. We will match you with a volunteer. Our staff are very experienced in matching families with volunteers who they think will understand your situation and be able to work with you. If either you or the volunteer is not happy you can end the relationship and try another match. Finally, all of our support is confidential. You don’t have to tell anyone that you are being supported by Home-Start, and we will never tell anyone else unless you say that we can.
How we help you
Being a parent has never been easy. It can be lonely, frustrating, heartbreaking and overwhelming. All parents struggle at one time or another. For some, the challenges can be greater. You are not alone.
Home-Start’s volunteers work alongside families just like yours to give compassionate and confidential support.
They help people to regain the confidence to be the parents they want to be.
The support Home-Start volunteers give is not judgemental, it’s just compassionate, confidential and as an individual, as you are.
We work with you to build on your strengths and give you the support that you tell us that you need.
Please get in touch with us to find out how Home-Start can help you and your family.
These are just some of the ways that Home-Start can help:
It’s one of our most important roles and we may be able to help you.
There are lots of different organisations that provide support to families, but it can sometimes be difficult to find out about the ones that can help you. One of the most important roles played by our volunteers is to help people access local services.
Home-Start helps families to access their local:
- Children’s Centre
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- local mental health services,
- doctors and dentists
- housing and financial advice
- or illness, addiction or disability support groups.
There are lots of ways that a volunteer could help you:
- talking to you and informing you about the services that are out there
- taking care of children while you attend an appointment,
- helping with transport so you can reach the service you need.