Across the UK more than 16,000 Home-Start volunteers visit families at home each week, supporting parents in situations as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or who are just finding parenting a struggle.
A carefully selected volunteer who has parenting experience will regularly visit a family in their own home, offering non judgemental emotional and practical support through difficult times.
This parent to parent support is a simple yet effective way of giving hope and enabling families to get back on track.
Home-Start runs more services and has more volunteers supporting more families than any other family support charity in the UK.
"Services like this are brilliant. We want as a nation to ensure that all vulnerable families have the most help in promoting that vital link between themselves and their babies. Young people want to learn how to be good parents" Frank Field, MP
As well as our home-visiting service, Home-Start Havant also runs family support groups at a variety of locations in Havant, Waterlooville and Hayling Island.
The groups are run by a Home-Start Family Group Co-ordinator and a Family Group Assistant and run for 50 weeks of the year.
All of our groups last for 2 hours and provide a safe non-judgemental environment where families can make the first steps to regular social interaction and peer support. These are closed groups based on invitation only.
Key highlights of the Family Group
- parents get a chance to "offload" by talking about their week
- visitors may come to give advice and support on the topics that have been requested by the families
- our group workers will 'point families in the right direction' if they can think of other services and agencies that might help
- parents find out about different ways to play with their children
- the children get to interact with others, share equipment and make friends
- parents get to enjoy their children.
"Since I found out about Home-Start everything has changed. Its amazing that just one person can wake up and say 'you can do this.' I can and I've done it