Home-Start believes the best start in life for a child begins at home with their family. Our volunteers provide support and friendship to families with young children in their own homes to help them cope when times get tough. Being a parent is never easy, whatever the circumstances. Our work enables parents, who are struggling in some way, to grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links with the local community. The result is strong families raising happy children, growing up to be good parents themselves.
Home-Start recruits, trains and supports volunteers, who are usually parents themselves, to support families with informal, friendly and confidential support – either in the family home or in a group setting outside the home. We also run projects to meet particular needs - such as helping children to be ready to start school and giving fathers the confidence to be more involved in their children's lives.
Our Home-Start works across the Arun, Worthing & Adur districts of West Sussex. And we are part of the national Home-Start network - which means we are part of the biggest family support charity in the UK.
The issues our families may be dealing with include: