Home-Start North Somerset

Home-Start North Somerset

At a glance

Causes

  • Children / families
  • Counselling / advice
  • Mental health
  • Women

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

Our service is designed to provide a unique and confidential early intervention home-visiting service delivered by volunteers who offer friendship and support to families who have at least one child under 5 and are struggling with the demands of family life.  We can demonstrate a measurable improvement in parents’ confidence, self-esteem and well-being leading to an improvement in their ability to cope with everyday family life.

Our key aims as an organisation are to :-   

  • build a trusting relationship with each family over time so a flexible package of support can be developed to take account of different needs  

  • reassure parents that difficulties in bringing up children are not unusual and encourage enjoyment in family life  

  • improve parents’ strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their own children  

  • encourage families to widen their network of relationships and to use the support and services available within the community.  

  • Facilitate a gradual disengagement leaving the family with improved coping mechanisms and life skills 

Activities

Currently we have around 30 volunteers who support families through our home-visiting service. Volunteers are carefully matched with a family and offer them emotional and practical support  (usually for up to a year.) Volunteers encourage families to widen their network of relationships and to effectively use other support and services within their community. All our services are based around the principle that volunteers offer no judgement, just compassionate, confidential help and support.

We also run a range of weekly support groups for mums, babies and toddlers. Mums in Mind is a peer support group for mums with under-1s, where they can talk openly and share their experiences of life as a new mum. We also offer a baby massage group and a baby and toddler group which offer parents who are feeling isolated, anxious or overwhelmed a chance to socialise and relax with others who understand.

We are constantly looking to develop and improve our services to meet the needs of families in the area.

 

Current opportunities

Somerset, BS24 9AY

Home-Start North Somerset is a leading family support charity offering friendship and support to families with young children. We would like to...