About us

Home-Start believes that children need a happy and secure childhood and that parents play the key role in giving their children a good start in life and helping them achieve their full potential.

Home-Start Norfolk offers...

  • A volunteer with parenting experience to visit parents with young children at home. The volunteer offers tailor-made one-to-one support, regularly - usually on a weekly basis.
  • Emotional support to help parents find ways to manage and resolve problems.
  • Direct support for children including playing, listening, having fun, establishing routines, encouraging development and providing opportunities for outings and treats.
  • Practical help with getting to appointments, doing the shopping, budgeting, nutrition and meal planning, cooking and making the home safe.
  • Information and links to health services, educational services and local Children's Centres and groups.

Our Mission

Home-Start offers a unique service. We recruit and train volunteers, who are usually parents themselves, to visit families at home and offer them informal, friendly and confidential support. The families we help have at least one child under 5.

To help give children the best possible start in life, Home-Start Norwich supports parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationship with their children and widen their links with the local community.

The Home-Start Approach

Home-Start schemes are rooted in the community they serve. Home-Start Norfolk is an independent charity managed locally but supported by a national organisation, Home-Start UK, which offers direction, training, information and guidance to schemes and ensures consistent and quality support for parents and children.

Home-Start has a proven, lasting, positive impact on the development of children and the health and welfare of the family.

During the last year 146 families accessed our service, with 107 families receiving regular support from a volunteer.

258 children benefitted from Home-Start's support during the year.

Home-Start is the leading family support charity in Norfolk.

 

My volunteer is an angel that swoops down into my life and makes it so much calmer.

Nicola,
Home-Start parent

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