Why does Home-Start support work so well for families?

As a volunteer support service, Home-Start is uniquely placed to provide empathetic support directly to local families.

So how do we do this?
  • We support families in their own homes

This means that families are more relaxed and therefore more likely to benefit from our support.  It is easier to build trusting relationships and help with routines, and it means we can see what the real issues for each family are first hand.

  • Most of our support is provided by volunteers

We aim to provide true peer-to-peer support to families.  Simply put:  our volunteers are there because they want to be.

  • Our staff & volunteers are parents themselves

They’ve all been there!  Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and have loads of life experience.  They appreciate just how hard parenting can be, and are uniquely places to support other parents who are struggling.

  • We tailor support to a family’s needs

We know that no two families are the same, and we recognise that a family’s needs will change over time.  We support each individual family according to their circumstances, needs and goals.