About Home-Start

Home-Start Oldham, Stockport & Tameside (HOST) is a local charity of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. We are there for parents when they need us the most because childhood can’t wait.

Parents supporting parents

Home-Start works with families in communities right across the UK. Starting in the home, our approach is as individual as the people we’re helping. No judgement, it is just compassionate, confidential help and expert support.

The earliest years make the biggest impact

The earliest years make the biggest impact: Home-Start make sure those years count so that no child’s future is limited.

Children who are raised in a stable, loving, family environment are more likely to have a positive and healthy future.

Home-Start works because our volunteers are parents. They understand how hard it can be. They work alongside parents, in their own homes, to help them cope with the stresses and strains of life and make sure they have the skills, confidence and strength they need to nurture their children.

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 behavior and development
91% feeling 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

Home-Start’s values

We offer families choice.
We work in partnership –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.