Our home visiting Service

At the very heart of what we do at Home-Start is our Home visiting service. We believe that the most effective way to support a family is to start with them in their home. We have a team of volunteers who are carefully selected and trained and then matched to a family that we think they will be able to help. Volunteers then visit their family once a week for a couple of hours and give emotional and practical support with the overall aim of helping parents to be the very best they can be for their children. This can be achieved in a number of ways and what actually happens in the visits will be decided on by the family and their volunteer with some support from their Home-Start co-ordinator. It might iclude:

Going to appointments

Establishing routines

Accessing financial support

Using local services together

Encouraging play and reading with the children

Listening to worries, concerns and hopes

Sharing experiences

Providing support, encouragement and encouragement


"If it wasn't for (my volunteer's) help I think I would have pulled my hair out"

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