About Home-Start

In an ideal world Home-Start wouldn’t be needed. But for many parents the pressures of family life are simply too much to cope with alone. There are so many reasons for this including -poverty, illness, family breakdowns, isolation, addiction and physical and mental health issues. 

And this is where Home-Start steps in…
Home-Start in Suffolk aims to give children the best possible start in life. We support parents to grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children, improve their Health and wellbeing and widen their links locally.


The Home-Start Approach

Home-Start schemes are rooted in the community they serve. We are managed locally but are supported by a national organisation, Home-Start UK, which offers direction, training, information and guidance to schemes and ensures consistent and quality support for parents and children.

Home-Start has a proven, lasting, positive impact on the development of children and the health and welfare of the family.

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Our Mission

Home-Start offers a unique service. We recruit and train volunteers, who are usually parents themselves, to visit families at home and offer them informal, friendly and confidential support. The families we help have at least one child under 12.

To help give children the best possible start in life, Home-Start supports parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationship with their children and widen their links with the local community.

Family Opening The Door To Volunteer.

Family walking with home-start volunteer.

Our Vision

  • Offering support and friendship

  • Visiting families at home, where the dignity and identity of individuals can be respected and protected

  • Developing relationships with the family in which they gain time to share their thoughts

  • Encouraging parents’ strengths and wellbeing for the benefit of their children

  • Encouraging families to widen their network enabling them to access support and services

  • Encouraging and providing practical assistance to ensure that parents are attending required health appointments for themselves and dependents.


Watch this space we will shortly be announcing a new Patron!
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Libby Purves


Miranda Kendall


Stephen Foster

Operational team

Tara Somers

Tara Somers


Louise Potter
Finance Officer

Sharon Ashton

Sharon Ashton
Senior Coordinator Waveney 

Vikki Gant

Vikki Gant
Coordinator Central & S.Suffolk


Kirsty Bailey
Coordinator Waveney 

Alison Grant

Alison Grant
Lead Co-ordinator

Louise Potter

Eve Goody
Income Generation Coordinator

Natalie Highland

Natalie Highland
Coordinator Ips NE & Coastal

Fiona Weller

Fiona Weller
Coordinator SW Ipswich


Sarah Holmes


Peter Lenz
Senior Administrator


Alison Watson
Income Generation Coordinator


Senga Macro
Coordinator Central & S.Suffolk

Jane Farrow

Jane Farrow
Coordinator West Suffolk


Charlotte Nowosad


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Rob Thacker

Diane Milan

Diane Milan

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Helen Taylor

Bob Taylor

Bob Taylor
Vice Chairperson & Safeguarding Advisor


Helen Clarkson
Director & Fundraising Lead

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Elise Dyball

Colin Macrae

Linda Phelan


Steve Flory

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Annual Reports

Click on the files below to view our annual reports.

Independent Evaluation on Home-Start home-visiting and family group services by Steve Allman Consultancy.