Home Start Croydon

Home Start Croydon

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  • Children / families
  • Local / community

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Home-Start Croydon is a voluntary organisation committed to supporting local families, in their own homes, who are experiencing difficulties or suffering stress and who have at least one child under the age of five years.

Our aims are:

To increase the confidence and independence of the family by:

  • Offering support, friendship and practical assistance
  • Visiting families in their own homes, where the dignity and identity of each adult and child can be respected and protected
  • Reassuring parents that difficulties in bringing up children is not unusual and encouraging them to enjoy family life.
  • Developing a relationship with the family in which time can be shared and understanding can be developed. This approach is flexible to take account of different needs.
  • Encouraging parents’ strengths and emotional well-being –  for the ultimate benefit of their children.
  • Encouraging families to widen their network of relationships, and to effectively use the support and services available within the community.

In supporting all families, the welfare of the child is paramount.


Home-Visiting Volunteer Role

Home-Start Croydon supports families with at least one child under the age of 5 living in the borough of Croydon.

Why families use Home-Start.

Families find themselves needing support for many different reasons which include:

  • feeling isolated
  • problems coping with their own or their child’s physical or mental health needs
  • feeling insecure about their own parenting skills and abilities
  • struggling to cope with family life, managing the household budget or the day to day running of the household
  • needing someone to talk to about their stresses and difficulties

How Home-Start Croydon can help.

The home visiting service uses trained volunteers with parenting experience to visit families in their homes once a week for 2-3 hours for up to 9 months. They can provide:

  • emotional support, someone to talk to
  • help to get out and about, to children’s centres, medical appointments etc
  • support with parenting skills, meal planning, budgeting etc
  • help to access and use other services

You don’t have to pay for Home-Start’s help and it’s confidential.

You have the right to stop support whenever you want we will only be there if you want us to be.

How can you get support from Home-Start Croydon?

It is easy to get support:

  • You can ask your health visit or any other professional you are involved with to make a referral for support on your behalf.

Parent Champion Volunteer Role

Our Parent Champion volunteers work in the community providing information to other parents about local services and childcare options and encouraging parents to get involved in community activities. They also run peer to peer groups for other parents across the borough.

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