We provide one-to-one and other support for parents . Typically our trained volunteers visit the family’s home for a couple of hours every week. They tailor-make their support to the needs of the parents and children. Volunteers are very committed and will keep visiting until the youngest child turns five or starts school, or until the parents feel they can stand on their own two feet. Parents and volunteers often develop a deeply trusting relationship which can lead to powerful change within the family. We also run family groups and social events for families.
We offer families choice
We work in partnership – with each other, with families and with other agencies
We work in a spirit of openness, encouragement and enjoyment
We are flexible and responsive to the needs of families
Parents helping parents – a simple idea that really works
Home-Start Japan’s development is really impressive. It has developed from just 13 schemes in 2009 to 54 schemes in 2013, increasing its size more than four times in four years. Through their scheme developing process, Home-Start Japan has been building collaborations with local organisations and prefectural government ‘blocks’, both of which have assisted this very fast development. HS-Japan is consulting, coordinating and collecting the evidence on the improvement of the quality of HS support. At the same time it has been respecting the independence of each local scheme and encouraging networking at regional level. Read more
Home-Start UK, which has been celebrating its 40th birthday in 2013, welcomed a new chief executive at the beginning of September when Kay Bews retired.
Rob Parkinson joins Home-Start UK from Action Homeless, where he has been has been chief executive since 2008. He comments: “I am very impressed by Home-Start UK’s work and that of the entire Home-Start network, so I’m excited to be joining the charity, especially in such a landmark year.” Read more