Home-Start Manchester

Home-Start Manchester

At a glance


  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Children / families
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Local / community
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Training / employment support
  • Women
  • Young people

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Every child deserves the best possible start in life and at the core of that is a loving and secure childhood. Many parents are doing their best but parenting is tough. It can be even harder when a parent is on their own or struggling with mental illness, debt, loneliness, housing problems. What these parents need is not judgement but support and practical help.

Home-Start Manchester has been supporting families in the city for over 15 years. We recruit and train volunteers to befriend and encourage other local parents. Our volunteers visit the families at home each week and offer direct, consistent and effective support. Early intervention in the lives of these families can be truly transformational. It can nip problems in the bud, foster confidence and self-belief in parents, give children a better childhood and provide them with a more solid foundation for the future.

 It is impossible to fully estimate the impact our volunteers have had in the lives of the families they support. There are potentially 1000s of families in our city that are stronger, safer and happier because of the care and support they have received from Home-Start Manchester.


We recruit and train local men and women with parenting experience. They are matched with families who live in the Manchester authority and have at least one child under 5. Volunteers visit the families once a week at home for 2-3 hours. Families take the lead about the help they need and our volunteers support and empower the parents to achieve their goals. Together the parents and volunteers can assist with physical or mental health issues, isolation, dealing with stress and managing childrens' behaviour and many other area. Our volunteers offer regular, direct, consistent, non-judgemental emotional support and practical help. Our staff team supervise the volunteers regularly and visit the families to assess the support and its impact.

Current opportunities

Greater Manchester, M2 5DB

We believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and our goal is to support as many families as possible in Manchester with at...

Previous placements

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