Home-Start in Suffolk

Home-Start in Suffolk

At a glance

Causes

  • Children / families

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

Fundamentally, our vision is that every child in Suffolk is given the best start in life because of the love, support and guidance they receive from their parents, guardians or the people performing the role of their parents.

We focus on the early years because it is well known that the first 1,001 days of a child’s life, from conception to age 2, are fundamental to laying the foundations for a child to lead a happy and healthy life. During these first 1,000 days, a child’s physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioural foundations are laid, and perhaps more importantly, a trajectory is established. Interventions up to the age of 5 are equally as important in continuing to lay those critical foundations.

As children start school, they begin a new stage of relationships and interactions; with other children and new adults. These years can bring challenges both for children and for their parents. Risks and adversities include parental conflict in the home or bullying at school. A further window of opportunity to redress and build, therefore, exists between the ages of 7 and 12.

As children enter adolescence and eventually adulthood, cycles of adversity can continue. They can be broken but the opportunity exists in the early years to establish the foundations to prevent these cycles from being established.

A child’s exposure to stresses, adversity or destructive behaviour whether they be directed at the children themselves or take place between parents, can stay with children throughout their lives, detrimentally affecting them personally, how they interact with others and even might be passed on to the next generation if they become parents.

We believe the best opportunity to break cycles of adversity, reduce the likelihood of children passing on their negative experiences to their children and improve the health and wellbeing of our society occurs in the early years of being a child and those first few years of being a parent and a family.

To achieve this, our vision is to empower parents, guardians and those performing the role of being parents with the skills, knowledge and emotional resilience to raise children to flourish.

Activities

At Home-Start we recognise how hard it can be to raise a family. We work alongside parents and carers with at least one child in the home under the age of 12, helping them to cope with the stresses and strains of life. The support we provide is delivered through weekly home visits, telephone and virtual calls or at one of our regular groups.

We provide a non-judgemental professional friendship that helps families to gain the skills they need to nurture their family; helping them to grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children, improve their health and wellbeing and widen their links within the local community.

Current opportunities

Suffolk, IP5 3SL

Home-Start in Suffolk is seeking up to 4 individuals to join our Board of Trustees to offer strategic support and guidance to HSIS. You will join...

Previous placements

  • Trustees