Home-Start Sutton

Home-Start Sutton

At a glance

Causes

  • Children / families
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Local / community
  • Mental health
  • Voluntary sector support

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

Home-Start Sutton was founded in 1984 and recruits local volunteers with parenting experience to provide vulnerable families with one-on-one, tailored support.  Throughout our history we have helped more than 3,000 families in Sutton overcome the challenges they face and helped to provide a happy, secure childhood for some of Sutton’s vulnerable young people. 

Home-Start Sutton has a range of home and community based services for families, tailored to their individual needs and circumstances:

·      Home visiting support from volunteers with parenting experience – usually on a weekly basis

·      Emotional support to help parents find ways to manage and resolve problems

·      Direct support to children, including playing, listening, having fun, establishing feeding routines, encouraging development and providing opportunities for outings and treats

·      Practical help, perhaps with budgeting, nutrition and meal planning, cooking and making the home safe

·      Outreach and family group work so parents can get out and meet others and become more involved in their own community including a perinatal support group and a general family support group.

·      Information and links to other organisations including health and educational services

·      Attendance at meetings and moral support, especially in relation to dealing with case conferences. We have a dedicated Parent2Parent Advocacy service for parents attending child protection conferences.

·      Access to parenting advice and parenting skills courses. We offer the Nurturing Parent ‘Parent Puzzle’ course twice a year in the community.

Home- Start Sutton can

·      change how parents think and feel about themselves

·      help them cope with the challenges they are facing

·      support them to provide good early parenting

Activities

We have well established referral pathways and work hard on ensuring we are embedded in the local community. This helps us with reaching parents who need our support but also in attracting local volunteers who deliver our core service of home-based mentoring and befriending for families. We recruit and train local volunteers two or three times a year to maintain and expand our volunteer base and work hard on retention, including offering accredited training and ongoing training and support.

We have long-established links and partnerships with other organisations in the local voluntary sector and the statutory sector.

The Trustee board comprises of a mixture of local professionals with a social care or health background and those with business experience. We also have tow active volunteer representatives to ensure our governance is stable, strong and focussed.

Our major challenges are in common with many charities securing sustainable funding and maintaining a service which meets the identified needs in the community.

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