Member of the month / Home-Start Hampshire
Being a parent, whatever your situation, can be tough.
Many parents feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the stresses of family life, but for some parents it’s a particular struggle and this is where Home-Start Hampshire is able to help.
Home-Start Hampshire is a voluntary organisation in which trained volunteers provide non-judgemental practical and emotional support to families with children age 0-11 years of age. Our volunteers help parents to improve their confidence and empower them to build better lives for their children.
“Knowing someone was on my side, my confidence with my children and as a father has increased. I have got to the point I can steer my own ship thanks to the paddle my volunteer has given me.” – Parent –
Home-Start Hampshire operates in six areas across Hampshire (Gosport & Fareham, Meon Valley, Havant, New Forest, Weywater and Rushmoor & Hart), and can offer support to anybody living in a local scheme area that has at least one child aged 0-11 years or is expecting a baby. The regular support can be provided in the home, in a group, or occasionally both.
There are many reasons why families may need additional support:
- Feeling isolated in their community, have no family nearby or be struggling to make friends
- Finding it hard to cope because of their own or their child’s illness or disability
- Struggling with the emotional and physical demands of having several young children
- Complex needs that can impact on childrens’ well-being, e.g. domestic abuse, debt, drug or alcohol misuse, living in poverty, poor living environment, etc
All services are offered free of charge and although families can be referred by other professionals, families must consent to the referral.
Home-Start Hampshire receives only a small amount of government funding; they rely heavily on trusts, grants, fundraising and the support and generosity of the local community, businesses and organisations to continue their vital work.