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.
Our vision is that every child in Suffolk is given the best start in life because of the love, support and guidance they receive from their parents, guardians or the people performing the role of their parents.
It made a big difference to my life, enhanced my life, made a future in a new area – good matches and good rapport. I commit myself very fully to work for Home-Start. Great idea!
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.
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.
To offer support and friendship.
Visit families at home, where the dignity and identity of individuals can be respected and protected.
Develop relationships with families in which they gain time to share their thoughts.
Encourage parents’ strengths and wellbeing for the benefit of their children.
Encourage families to widen their network enabling them to access support and services.
Encourage and provide practical assistance to ensure that parents are attending required health appointments for themselves and dependents.