For Families

How can Home-Start Help?

Home-Start can help any mum, dad or carer with a child under five for any reason. This might include –

  • Loneliness & isolation
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Coping with twins or triplets
  • Ill health, disability or special needs
  • Lone parenting
  • Children’s behaviour
  • Post natal illness
  • First time parents or new babies

A Home-Start volunteer will visit you regularly, usually once a week for two to three hours and offer –

  • Friendly support through difficult times for as long as needed
  • Understanding that when bringing up children, problems are not unusual
  • Reassurance that you are not alone
  • A listening ear and a shoulder to cry on
  • An extra pair of hands to help you cope with everyday situations
  • Practical help with activities like playing or story time

If you would like to learn more please contact us, if you wish to make a self referral please use the Self Referral section

Who are the volunteers?

Home-Start volunteers are people from different backgrounds and vary in age, but all have parenting experience. They –

  • Will visit you in your home and accept you as you are
  • Are carefully selected for their friendliness, practical approach and understanding
  • Have had criminal record and other checks and have all attended a course preparation before being matched to families
  • Some have been helped by Home-Start themselves

Will anyone else know if I have support?

Home-Start support is confidential. Personal information about you and your family is not given to anyone outside of Home-Start without your consent. The only time this policy would not apply is when there are concerns about the safety or welfare of a child.

Please have a look at our family leaflet Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers Family Leaflet

Next: Family Groups

Funded by the Cabinet Office, delivered by the Big Lottery Fund
Funded by the Cabinet Office, delivered by the Big Lottery Fund