To try to ensure that every family gets the help they need to give their children the best possible start in life, Home-Start volunteers will support vulnerable parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links with the local community.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 September 2010 to 12:00 PM, 1 September 2015
Families with young children may face a range of difficulties including loneliness and isolation, post-natal illness, domestic violence, poverty, inadequate housing, disability, multiple births and family breakdown. A helping hand and a sympathetic ear can be enough to enable them to get through a difficult time without their children suffering.
Home-Start volunteers will visit families (referred by Health Visitors, Social Workers or other agencies) every week in their own homes, offering friendship, emotional support, practical help and advice on parenting practice. Volunteers are committed and caring people who are all parents themselves or have experience of bringing up children. They are trained according to a nationally agreed framework and are supported by staff working from a local office.
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