Support and Friendship for Families

“For every child and young person in Essex to grow up in a family that is strong and resilient; able to access the support they need, when and where they need it” – HSE Strategic Plan 2018

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Child with Bricks, Home-Start Essex

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If you live in Essex, have at least one child under eight, and need some support then get in touch. Contact Us…..


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Two children, Home-Start Essex

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Who we are

Home-Start Essex is a leading family support charity working across Essex to build the confidence and skills of parents/carers to achieve healthy and positive outcomes for children. Our work comprises a long-established volunteer home visiting service, offering emotional and practical help to families experiencing difficulties, alongside a range of family groups, well-being programmes, courses and events. We work with families with at least one child under the age of eight, and offer some events for families with children up the age of 11yrs. We are early years specialists, and work closely with the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service.

What makes our charity special, is that all our volunteers have a lived experience as parents/carers themselves.

“Family Group was my lifeline, I don’t know what I would have done without Home-Start Essex. No matter how I was feeling, I knew I could go and not be judged about my mental health”

Parent and 18 month baby

Special Thanks to our Funders

Home-Start Essex relies on the generosity and commitment from funding organisations, the public, and government grants. Without this vital support, we wouldn’t be able to help the hundreds of families each year. On behalf of the families we work with- Thank You

Essex County Council