Are you a Parent in need of Support?

Home-Start North Somerset may be able to help by offering you volunteer home visiting support.  To qualify for support you must:

  • live in North Somerset
  • have one child under five
  • be willing to accept a little extra help

There are many reasons why you may choose Home-Start.  Perhaps you are:

  • feeling isolated, maybe with no family nearby and struggling to make friends
  • suffering with post-natal depression and maybe finding it hard to talk to anyone about it
  • having a hard time coping with your child’s illness or disability
  • affected by the death of a family member
  • struggling with the emotional and practical demands of twins or triplets or more than one child under 5
  • finding it hard to cope with relationship difficulties
  • feeling exhausted or depressed
  • coping with your own illness or disability

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A carefully selected and trained volunteer, who has parenting experience can visit you regularly for 2-3 hours a week in your own home. Our volunteers are there to offer emotional and practical support. Our support is confidential, flexible and responsive to your needs and can include:

  • being a listening ear
  • support you to access community activities for you and your child
  • helping and playing with your children
  • giving reassurance
  • helping you to find out about and use local amenities and services
  • attend appointments with you
  • work alongside you with practical help

A Family said

“Support made the difference between just coping and being actively able to help the children by having the time and energy to engage with them on a one to one basis”

If you are a parent looking for support, either  phone us on 01934 419396 or download a  referral form.  The form is simple; you can complete it yourself – (you do not have to go through a statutory service),  but please phone us if you would rather talk to someone  and we can take your details over the phone. The information you provide will help us ensure that the support you receive is appropriate and effective. All information will be dealt within the strictest confidence.

Home-Start North Somerset is an independent and confidential volunteer service – we only support you at your request.

Family Group Support

We offer two family  group support meetings. These are explained on these pages: Mind the Bump and Mums in Mind.

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