Home-Start Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow

Home-Start Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow

At a glance

Causes

  • Children / families
  • Local / community
  • Women

Other details

Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

Home-Start Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow is a vibrant family charity that is essential to the well-being of our communities. We believe that strong families make strong communities. To that end, we provide vital support to families during the important and challenging early years of raising a child. We support families that have at least one child up to the age of 5 years old. Our commitment is to promote the welfare of children by enabling parents to meet the needs of their children as they grow and develop.

At the heart of our Home-Start family are our volunteers, who we train and supervise, and who bring their own parenting experience and passion to provide regular emotional and practical help for families at home, in community spaces and online. Families may be experiencing difficulties such as post-natal depression, health issues (mental or physical), bereavement, isolation and/or multiple children under 5. Home-Start support can help to manage these issues and ultimately prevent family crisis or breakdown. 

There are 200 independent Home-Start charities across the UK. Last year they supported over 27,000 families and 56,000 children. In 2019 Home-Start Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow helped 329 families with 502 children in our area.

Activities

Home-visiting volunteers and our family group activities aim to build the confidence and independence of the family by: 

·        Offering support, friendship and practical help 

·        Visiting the families in their own homes, where the dignity and identity of each individual can be respected and protected. If home-visiting is not possible due to social distancing requirements, then support is offered by telephone.

·        Reassuring families that difficulties in bringing up children are not unusual  

·        Emphasising the positive aspects of family life 

·        Developing a relationship with the family providing a regular, reliable presence in that family 

·        Drawing on their own experience of parenting to encourage parents’ strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their own children 

·        Encouraging families to widen their network of relationships and to use effectively the support and services available in the community 

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