When A Relationship Ends
Mothers and fathers are acutely aware of the impact of their relationship breakdown on their children - and in most cases do everything they can to make their new family arrangements work: but it's never easy.
You don't need to struggle alone to give your children a good start in life - especially if you are trying to cope after a separation, divorce, or after leaving an abusive relationship.
Twins, Triplets And Many Children
Coping with multiple births, several children under five, or even bringing up a lots of children in high rise flat with no lift? You'll need more than an extra pair of hands.
Our volunteers provide just that: for the mum who struggles to get a pushchair and her toddlers down three flights of stairs to the parents of triplets who need a volunteer to help get the whole family to the park or to do the food shopping, Home-Start provides tailor-made help to give your children the best possible start in life.
Struggling with the death of a partner, a parent, or a child can take anyone into a world of grief and isolation. And when there are young children in the family who need to be cared for, even the strongest person may find it too hard to cope. A Home-Start volunteer can help with the emotions and the grief, and with overcoming practical difficulties.
Disability And Illness
Coping with a child who has a long-term illness or a physical disability can be a life-changing experience. And parents who are dealing with their own or their partner' medical condition can find life a real challenge. That's why Home-Start steps in.
Our volunteers may be able to support you. If you have just received a diagnosis, are attending hospital appointments, or are looking for financial help for medical equipment or to adapt your home - you work out with us how we can help you best.
Families struggle with finances for many reasons. Whether you are trying to cope with an unexpected job loss or redundancy, trying to find the pennies to keep the house warm enough for your sick child, or wondering where to find the cash for specialist mobility equipment - we may be able to help.
You may have been made redundant, be long term unemployed, work hard at two or more jobs and still can't make ends meet, or have debt problems. We can help parents budget and manage their money more effectively and are able to put you in touch with other local organisations who will be able to offer advice and support with your money.
Mental Ill Health And Post Natal Illness
Your family may be trying to cope with the impact of mental ill health or post-natal depression. You may be struggling to care for your young children while you are trying to get better. We may be able to help - with the support of a volunteer who understands and can visit you at home, or through specialist support groups. If you are a father struggling to cope while your wife or partner goes through the dark days of post natal illness, you may be able to find one of our dad's support groups.
If you have moved away from friends and families, if you don't know your local community, or if you have a partner who works long hours, often away from home - any of this can lead to desperate loneliness and isolation. Nearly two thirds of families who come to Home-Start for support say that isolation is their main reason for needing our help.
Our volunteers offer vital links into your community, helping and your children access playgroups, parks, specialist support of all kinds - helping you to build support networks so you and your children can flourish.
If you can relate to any of the above or if you have another problem you need help with then please get in touch to see if we can help.