Home-Start South Wiltshire
About Home-Start South Wiltshire
Home-Start South Wiltshire is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Overseen by our local volunteer trustees and committee members our aim is to give children under 5 the best possible start in life by helping parents to manage daily life through strengthening relationships and widening their links within their local community.
Home-Start South Wiltshire works with parent volunteers to provide a community-based model of support for families with young children, tailored to the family’s needs. The Home-Start model offers one-to-one support and friendship to other parents through volunteer home visiting, family and specialist groups and social activities.
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 (All parents/main carers who have a child under 5)
How are services accessed?
Referral by professionals (often Health Visitors) or self-referral