What we do

Home-Start volunteers help local families with young children deal with the challenges they face.
We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.
Home-Start has changed not only my life but my children’s too.

supported family, Crawley

Supporting families

At the heart of our work is home visiting volunteer support.

Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues receive the support of a volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home supporting them in the ways they need.

We also run weekly ‘Twiglets’ groups, for families with multiple birth children under the age of 4 to come together and participate in planned activities and free play.

Why it matters

The five years between birth and school are vital for a child’s development. What goes on inside a family strongly determines the opportunities and life chances children have.

Children who are raised in a stable, loving, family environment are more likely to have a positive and healthy future.

Home-Start works because our volunteers are parents. They understand how hard it can be. They work alongside parents to help them cope with the stresses and strains of life and make sure they have the skills, confidence and strength they need to nurture their children.

Our impact

Last year (2019/20) we supported 328 children in 154 families across Crawley, Horsham & Mid-Sussex. Our volunteers give practical and emotional support to parents to help them overcome the challenges they are facing and give their young children the best possible start in life.

Our support means:

93% of parents' said they felt less isolated
91% of parents felt more involved in their children’s development
87% of families felt they were able to manage their childrens behaviour better
93% of parents felt their childrens wellbeing had improved

Results from monitoring of our impact on the families we supported in 2019/20