A child's early years are critical to their future. We help families give their children the best start in life.
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- Home-Start wants to see a society in which every parent has the support they need to give children the best possible start in life.
- Managing seven local Home-Start schemes, Home-Start Essex is committed to promoting the welfare of all local disadvantaged families across in the towns and rural villages across Essex.
Why Is Home-Start So Important?
The five years between birth and school are vital for a child’s development. What goes on inside a family strongly determines the opportunities and life chances children have.
Children who are raised in a stable, loving, family environment are more likely to have a positive and healthy future.
Home-Start works because our volunteers are parents. They understand how hard it can be. They work alongside parents, in their own homes, to help them cope with the stresses and strains of life and make sure they have the skills, confidence and strength they need to nurture their children.
What Home-Start Offers
Working together with families in support of family life we aim to increase their confidence and independence by:
- Providing a volunteer with parenting experience to visit parents with young children at home
- Offering support, friendship, practical experience and a listening ear
- Reassuring parents that difficulties in bringing up children are not unusual and encouraging enjoyment of family life
- Encouraging the parents’ strength and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of the children
- Encouraging families to widen the network of relationships and effectively use support and services available within the community.
We provide home based parenting support to families if they have at least one child under five. We match a fully trained volunteer to support the family with both emotional and practical help that is free, confidential and non-judgemental. They work to tested and high quality standards and procedures and all volunteers are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked. They empower the families to develop strategies to manage their difficulties, enable them to gain confidence in their parenting ability and encourage them to access local services and networks within the wider community, giving the children the best possible start in life.
Visit the other pages in this site to find out more about us and how you can support us, see how you can become a volunteer or find support, how to contact us and explore links to our Schemes.