Home Start UK


“Most parents love their children but they can’t always take care of them as well as they’d like to. I cannot imagine anything more beautiful than empowering a parent to become the best they can for their kids”

Camila Batmanghelidgh, Founder of Kids Company 2015

“The miracle of Home-Start is that it presents really added value by harnessing the energy of volunteers.
In many cases, they are the
saviours of families, as they do more than the statutory agencies.”

Steven Pound MP and Patron of Home-Start Ealing 2009

“Home-Start, the leading family charity, believes every parent should have the support they need to give
their children the best possible start in life. In its 30-year history it has developed unique and effective
ways to support families and currently has projects in over 330 local communities.
It has an impressive track record, which led my colleague, Margaret Hodge, Minister for Children and
Young People, to commend Home-Start in the recent Green Paper on children at risk, “Every Child Matters”.

Patricia Hewitt, MP, Trade & Industry Minister 2005

“If you’ve got through the highs and lows of parenthood, your experience could be invaluable as a home
visiting volunteer for struggling parents - acting as a family friend by giving emotional and practical support.”

Dr Miriam Stoppard, childcare expert 2006

What Families Told Us

“We just clicked when she started coming over and have really bonded. At the start if I saw someone I knew I would introduce her as a volunteer but now I introduce her as my friend.”  Katrina, a mum 2008

“Michael has been visiting for just over a year now, it’s just nice to know that once a week for a couple of hours I have the company of another male adult, who not only lends an ear but a pair of hands too!”  A dad with two disabled sons 2008

NEVER underestimate what Home-Start Northampton offers.  All of the above plus wonderful Christmas parties, picnics and trips that allow the children extra happy childhood memories they richly deserve. Home-Start Northampton family 2008.

“It has been so fantastic!  When I am able I intend to give back by becoming a Home-Start Volunteer”

“It was the feeling that someone was there for me…that was overwhelming”.

“Being able to tell someone that you trust, what your real needs are is the most brilliant thing about Home-Start”.

What The Volunteers Told Us

“It was good to see so many children (& parents) enjoying themselves at the Christmas party, thanks in no small measure to all the thought put into choosing the children’s presents and the excellent planning and preparation.  As usual you managed to provide another great time for everyone.  Thanks for all your support, always readily available should we need any advice.”  Home-Start Northampton Volunteer 2009.

“I just wanted to say thank you for the last 9 weeks.  It went so quickly.  Thanks for all the hard work you all put in to make the course so interesting and thought provoking.”  Volunteer response having completed the schemes Course of Preparation for new volunteers - 2009.

“The scheme promotes independence not dependence”.

“Becoming a volunteer is the best thing I have done with my life”.

“Home-Start is very professional; rules are followed to the letter and as a volunteer that makes you feel safe”.

“The support from Bernie and Rose is fabulous.  They always keep in touch and give good support and guidance”.

What The Referrers Told Us

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your colleagues for the support you have provided to *Sonia and her children.  I feel I had a unique opportunity to observe how your service can support struggling parents through difficult times.  I believe without your support *Sonia would not have reached a point in her life where she has demonstrated that she has the confidence to parent her children in a positive way.”  Social Worker

*name has been changed

“I find it extremely helpful working alongside Home-Start with my families”.

“It’s a fantastic service; we and families would be lost without them”.

“The parenting support is extremely good”.