Any parent may ask for Home-Start’s help
There are many reasons why you may need our help. You may be:
- feeling isolated in your community, have no family nearby and be struggling to make friends.
- suffering from depression, loss, or lack of confidence.
- really struggling with the emotional and physical demands of having twins, triplets or young children.
- finding it hard to cope because of your own or a family member’s illness or disability.
- going through tough relationship difficulties.
Help is at hand. We are non judgemental and aim to support any family with a child under five to rise above their immediate difficulties of parenting. A little help early on can make all the difference.
If we feel we can help you and your family, you will meet with one of our coordinators who will carefully match you with one of our volunteer parents who offer their experience and help.
Your volunteer will visit you in your home for 2-3 hours per week and offer you emotional support and practical advice. Our help is confidential and free, flexible and responsive to your particular needs. It might include:
- being a listening ear or another adult to talk to
- offering reassurance, peace of mind, encouragement and motivation
- helping out and playing with your children
- practical help around the home
- help to find out about and access other local amenities and services
- giving you a moment to yourself
your volunteer will help you through your difficulties – be that for a month, a year or even longer until the job’s done.
If you ask for Home-Start’s help you can be sure of total confidentiality. Many families from all walks of life approach us directly. Alternatively our help can be sought through your local health visitor or GP.
What do I do next?
Contact the scheme which serves the area you live in: someone there will be able to help you.