Welcome to Home-Start Essex

The leading family support charity working across 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.

Child with Bricks, Home-Start Essex

Need support?

If you are a parent, live in Essex and are needing support, find out about the extensive services we can off to you. Find out more….


Train as a Professional Volunteer and  support local families whom are facing a variety of difficulties. Find out more….

Two children, Home-Start Essex


The work we do in our community is dependent on support and donations from people like you. Click here to make a donation to work we do with families across Essex. Donate to our work here….

“My Home-Visiting Volunteer was amazing. Every week she came to help and I don’t know what I would have done without her”

Parent and 18 month baby

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Latest News from Home-Start Essex

The section below lists the latest six news items added to this website. To find out more click on the image(if one is present), title or read more link in one of the boxes below. It will expand to show the detail. You can see our full news feed on this page: News and Events

Wellbeing Groups: Chelmsford

Location: Chelmsford The next Wellbeing Group in Chelmsford starts on Thursday January 17th until 4th April (excluding half term) 10am – 11.45am New venue;   CHELMSFORD WEST CHILDREN CENTRE DIXON AVENUE CHELMSFORD CM1 2AQ (Follow this link for a map of the...

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Volunteer Preparation Courses

Family Volunteers Needed Home-Start Essex are busy getting ready for the next round of Preparation Courses taking place in South Woodham Ferrers, Rayleigh, Harlow and Basildon If you are a parent, and can spare at least 3 hours a week then we need you! Train as a...

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