HomeStart exists to:
Offer support, friendship and practical assistance to families to prevent crisis and the need for statutory intervention
Offer a seamless service across the whole of the City of Manchester via 2 locality teams (North and South)
Be with families, in their own home, in a way that respects each individual and increases our potential to engage with families who may otherwise be hard to reach
Increase community capacity and, through volunteering, encourage local people to contribute to their community and the wider society
Open up the support networks available to families including helping them to access health, social and educational services and other facilities available in the wider community and to develop ways for supported families to meet together to enable relationships to form.
All of our amazing volunteers have parenting and life experience, so they can empathise with what families may be going through.
The support volunteers offer is tailored to the needs of the family.
Listen and reassure
Support activities with the children
Support families to access the community
Help families to attend medical appointments
Provide a babysitting service
Clean up/ provide practical help at every visit
Care for children in the absence of parents
Carry out intimate care of children