About Home-Start Kennet
Home-Start Kennet (also known locally as HSK) is one of a network of 340 local Home-Starts in the UK. We are a voluntary organisation that offers friendship, support and practical help to parents with young children in their own homes.
HSK provides a unique model of in the home support, to local vulnerable families who have at least one child under 5. Volunteers, who all have parenting experience, are safely recruited and professionally trained (40 hr course with optional accreditation) and supported to work with families under stress which have at least one child under 5.
The volunteers visit families at home and provide focussed family support. The service is preventative and aims, through early intervention and promoting family resilience, to stop difficulties escalating into crisis or even breakdown.
Under 5s (have at least one child under 5, carers and families)
We support families from Devizes, Tidworth, Marlborough and Pewsey community areas. We are expanding into Calne, Chippenham, Corsham.
Our volunteers come from inside and outside of these areas.
How are services accessed?
Self-Referral, Professional Referral
Referral process mainly by Health Visitors but also other local agencies and services. Families can also self-refer. Families must have at least one child under 5 and live in the areas we cover.