Home-start Herefordshire offers a unique service where we recruit and train volunteers to visit families at home and offer them informal, friendly and confidential support.
What do we do? We recruit and train a local community network of volunteers who help families with children aged 0-18 years old through challenging times. We provide expert support and signposting along with friendship and practical advice.
Why do we do it?The earliest years make the biggest impact, Home-Start make sure those years count so that no child’s future is limited.
How do we do it? No judgement, just compassionate, confidential help and expert support. Starting in the home, our approach is as individual as the people we’re helping. Sharing local expertise to drive national and regional change.
The issueA child’s earliest years are irreplaceable. Without a stable, loving and nurturing environment, young children will not develop the vital foundations they need. They will not develop the skills that help with everything from their behaviour, their ability to learn, their confidence or even some of the most basic things, like being able to go to the toilet by themselves. Once the chance is missed, making up lost ground in later life is difficult, expensive and often just doesn’t happen. Local authorities are so overstretched and funding is sparse across the UK. The lost lives of opportunity are a national failing. A child’s future shouldn’t be blighted before it’s even started
Alex James, President, volunteer and friend speaks about the work we have continued to do in Herefordshire for 38 year and how we have pulled together throughout the pandemic.