Our Projects


Access the support of a professionally trained volunteer for weekly home-based visits. Our volunteers can help with practical and emotional difficulties, benefits and advocacy, and access to community networks.


A range of workshops and 10-week programmes suitable for parents affected by mental health issues to develop self-care skills, mindfulness and positive coping strategies.

Events and Activities

Throughout the year we host and organise a range of activities and trips for Home-Start Essex families that are child care friendly. In addition, we host multiple fundraisers that are available to all.

Family Groups

Home-Start Essex families have access to our popular Family Groups which take place all year round. Meet other parents, make friends and benefit from hands on child care support each session.

Special Projects

Targeted programmes designed for specific needs, and delivered in a limited selection of areas, including the Elpitha Course, Big Hopes Big Futures and Bump Start.

Parent Peer Research

This year Home-Start Essex will be recruiting parents as researchers to explore and re-design antenatal mental health information, advice and guidance. If you are interested then get in touch on our Contact Us page.

Our Values

• Supportive
We want to help families help themselves.
• Non-judgemental
Every family is different.
• Approachable
We will be approachable and friendly at all times. 
• Professional
We will maintain the very highest standards.
• Collaborative
We will work in partnership. We cannot do everything on our own.
• Inclusive
We value and celebrate diversity.
• Family-led
We place the needs of children and families at the forefront.