19, Heroon Polytechniou str (6th floor)
182 31 Pireus-Greece
Telephone: +30 213 035798 Mobile: +30 694 4691355
Board Chairman: Evi Hatzivarnava Kazasi
National Coordinator: Evi Hatzivarnava Kazasi
Book of Companies, Court of First Instance No: 6620/23.4.08
General Commercial Register 155761009000.
Home-Start came to Greece following a chance meeting between Tanya Barron, CEO of Home Start International, (now Home-Start Worldwide) and Evi Hatzivarnava, then director of the Institute for Social Protection and Solidarity in Greece. Home-Start was initially launched under the auspices of the Institute itself. A pilot scheme in Thessaloniki and another scheme in Volos were implemented during the early stages of Home-Start sevelopment in the 2000’s. The national organisation, Home-Start Hellas, was founded in 2008. The Board Members have impressive credentials in family support and social research and extensive experience of NGOs.
Today, two Home-Start schemes operate in Greece, one in Athens and one in Piraeus. The Athens scheme has been running since 2011 and the Piraeus scheme since 2015. Home-Start Athens was “adopted” by the child and family organization “One Child – One World” and has been operating under its auspices since January 2019. The schemes provide home-visiting services with volunteers, as well as some other supportive activities, and collaborate closely with the local authorities and other local agencies. In 2020 they servied 21 families with 55 children.
Home-Start Hellas, in addition to supporting the schemes, has since late 2020, started organising seminars for parents, volunteers, professionals and the wider public. It also plays a role in national initiatives to promote children’s rights. Accordingly, in 2016, the Board helped in the development of a national position paper on child protection, led by the Greek Ombudsman for Children and the Institute of Child Health and in 2021 it commented on child protection issues on the online consultation on the new draft law on Social Protecction prepared by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. In 2020, it also participated in an NGO initiative to develop the framework of a legal document on civil society organisations.
Home-Start Hellas has recetnly restructerd and updated its website, runs a facebook page and publishes a monthly newsletter that sends to more than 100 peope people. It also uses new technologies in a number of its activities including seminars, applications to activities, participant assessment and other.
Evi Hartzivarnava Kazasi, Chair and National Coordinator, has served, between 2011 and 2018, as Chair of Home-Start Worldwide.
Quote from a parent: “My life and that of my children significantly changed. They are more well behaved and they respect me. I feel that I have solutions”.
Quote from a volunteer: “I feel fulfilment because I offer something according to my capabilities”
Home-Start Worldwide is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales