Home-Start in Manchester recruits and trains local parent volunteers to provide weekly emotional and practical home visiting support to families with at least one child under the age of 5 years.
To help give children the best possible start in life, Home-Start supports parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links with the local community.
Manchester is one of the only areas in the country served by 1 local authority but with 2 separate Home-Start schemes. Both schemes' Trustees and Scheme Managers have been meeting for some time to evaluate the pros and cons of becoming 1 Manchester organisation. They have concluded that a merger of both schemes will create a stronger; more efficient and effective service for families, volunteers and for you our valued referrers.
We value our referral partners and the collaborative process of working with families to ensure the children of Manchester have the best possible start in life. It is therefore very important to take into careful consideration how the merger may affect you. With this in mind we are committed to creating one Manchester service that is as easy as possible to access; providing referrers with a clear understanding of Home-Start's support remit and our mutual expectations.
We already have some of the processes in place and will be developing them further ahead of a formal merger date of 2nd January 2018:
•One website at www.homestartinmanchester.org.uk
•one referral form and one referral point. Referrals can be submitted to email@example.com
•referral triage completed by one citywide team
•one waiting list system
•Citywide coordinated volunteer training and support
You will get a chance to meet staff from either scheme as we start to co-deliver training or attend events and there will also be a change to management as we create one team across the City.
The service will continue to operate from its 2 office spaces in Wythenshawe and Cheetham for the foreseeable future and we will update you if this changes.
We are hoping you won’t notice any difference to the service, but if you have any questions or experience any difficulties please contact us at the office on 0161 721 4493 or e-mail us to firstname.lastname@example.org