Need support?

Many parents need help, friendship, advice or support during those early years when children are young. There is no rulebook for raising a family and sometimes it can seem overwhelming, particularly if your family is going through difficult times.

If you are a parent with at least one child under the age of five, living in Norfolk, then we may be able to help you.

Our support is free, confidential and non-judgemental.

As a parent you may feel in need of our help for all sorts of reasons. We help:

  • Lonely or isolated parents
  • Families with multiple births or several pre-school children
  • Families where there is ill health or disability/special needs
  • Families affected by a bereavement or relationship problems
  • Mums who have post-natal depression
  • Families struggling with the emotional and physical demands of having young children
  • Families experiencing difficulties in managing their children's behaviour
  • Lone parents

We can offer you support from one of our fully trained home visiting volunteers. All our volunteers are parents, so they know just what you're going through.

How can Home-Start help?

We can provide:

  • Emotional support to help parents find ways to manage and resolve problems
  • Practical help - getting to appointments, help with shopping, budgeting, cooking and making the home safe
  • Playing, listening, reading with the children
  • Help with establishing routines, encouraging development and providing outings and trips
  • Information and links to health, educational services and local groups

If you ask for Home-Start's help you can be sure of total confidentiality. All staff and volunteers have an enhanced level criminal records check.

85 new families were referred to Home-Start last year.

If you need support please get in touch or talk to your health visitor who will be able to refer you to our service.

My daughter was born prematurely, suffering from a heart defect and major health problems. Home-Start really helped me when nobody else could. If it wasn't for Home-Start I wouldn't be here now. Jenny comes round once a week and asks me how I feel. She is just there for me.

a Home-Start parent

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