About Us

Home-Start Essex is a leading family support charity with over 30 years of frontline experience supporting families in the home. We offer services to those who may be struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement, multiple births and many other issues that impact on a families’ well-being. We achieve this by mobilising hundreds of professionally trained volunteers to give just two hours a week in a family’s home; and it makes a huge difference. 

Our charity is one of the largest schemes affiliated to Home-Start UK  which is the national umbrella organisation, who provide infrastructural, governance and quality assurance support. This ensures we work to the highest of standards and keep connected with a large national network. 

Most of our families are referred to us by Health Visitors, GPs, Children’s Centres or other agencies and we also accept self-referrals.

Browse our pages to find out more on the different projects and areas we cover. 

Family enjoying a picnic

Our charity actively recruits over 200 volunteers, all of whom have completed our specialist and unique 40-hour preparation course. Our approach means that volunteers have access to up to date training, professional supervision and are fully trained in Safeguarding Level 2. What makes our charity special is that all of our volunteers and staff have lived experience of being a parent or carer. 

Essex County Council