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Home Start

Home Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times (children under the age of 5). They are there for parents when they need them the most because childhood can’t wait.

How Home Start can support your family

Being a parent has never been easy. It can be lonely, frustrating, heart breaking and over-whelming. Life-changing events can happen to anyone. That is why Home Start is ready to support families through their toughest times.

Every Home Start volunteer is trained to help them work alongside you to overcome the challenges you are facing. They work with you to build on your strengths and give you the support that you tell us that you need.

Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues receive the support of a volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home supporting them in the ways they need.

Home Starts across the UK also support families in groups, hold day trips and Christmas parties and help access local services, as well as lots of other support.

  • Activities for your family during self isolation.
  • Disability and illness.
  • Forces Families.
  • Isolation.
  • Mental illness and postnatal illness.
  • Money issues.
  • Twins, triplets and multiple children.
  • When relationships end.

Big Hopes Big Future

Home Start has developed the unique Big Hopes Big Future programme to work directly with parents and children and help them to build the skills they need to be ready for the first day of school.

Early Intervention

The earliest years make the biggest impact, Home Start makes sure those years count. Their volunteers provide peer-to-peer, relationship based support to families. They use their experience and local knowledge to ensure that support is shaped by parents to get the best results for children.


Home Start groups are mostly parent and toddler groups. But there are also more targeted groups to meet the needs of people in local communities. These include:

  • breast feeding support
  • post natal illness groups for mothers and for fathers
  • dad's groups
  • help for asylum seekers and refugees
  • teenage parents' support groups
  • and many others

Help to access services

Home Start helps families to access their local:

  • children’s centre
  • citizens advice bureau
  • local mental health services
  • doctors and dentists
  • housing
  • financial advice
  • and much more

Home visiting

Starting in the home, our approach is as individual as the people they’re helping. No judgement, just compassionate, confidential help and expert support.

LENA Communication Programme

The earliest years make the biggest impact. Home Start’s LENA programme (formerly known as Home-Talk) makes sure those years count so that no child’s future is limited.

Supporting Young Mums

Being a new mum can be lonely at times, but for a young mum, it can be even harder. Young mums can find it hard to meet other mothers their own age. They can often lack the confidence to visit support groups for mums of all ages.


Volunteers give their time because they want to, not because they have to. This creates a special relationship with parents who are struggling, and makes our work with families very successful.

To access any of the Home Start services or to see what else they have to offer visit their website (opens a new page).

Last updated: 11/01/2022

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