Parent volunteers offer support and friendship to other parents through home visiting, via family and specialist groups, and through social events. Volunteers are recruited, trained and supported by paid staff in local Home-Starts, which are guided and supported by the national organisation, Home-Start UK. Home-Start works in partnership with statutory and voluntary organisations locally to help parents build better lives for their children.

Families need support for many reasons; perhaps they are struggling to cope with postnatal illness, a child’s disability, family breakdown or bereavement or maybe they feel isolated and unable to connect with their local community. Whatever the reason, Home-Start provides non-judgemental practical and emotional support and helps build the family’s confidence and ability to cope.