Our Services

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

Home-Start Croydon supports families through one to one home visits, groups and in the community.

Home-Start’s Home Visiting Service helps:

  • Reduce family isolation and increase social support networks
  • Strengthen parent-child relationships
  • Improve parents’ physical health and emotional well being
  • Develop and improve parenting skills
  • Improve the home environment
  • Improve children’s health, well being and development
  • Increase access to health, education and community services

The Home Visiting Service is able to help in a variety of ways including:

  • A volunteer with parenting experience who offers tailor made one-to-one home visiting support regularly – usually on a weekly basis
  • Emotional support to help parents find ways to manage and resolve problems
  • Direct support to children, including playing, listening, having fun, establish feeding routines, encouraging development and providing opportunities for outings and treats
  • Practical help, perhaps with budgeting, nutrition and meal planning, cooking and making the home safe
  • Outreach work so parents can get out and meet others and become more involved in their own community
  • Information and links to other organisations including health and education services
  • Attendance at meetings and moral support, especially in relation to dealing with case conferences and dealing with solicitors and court cases
  • Access to parenting advice and parenting skills training

How do I get referred to the Home-Visiting Service?

  • You can ask your health visitor or any other professional you are involved with to make a referral for support on your behalf.

[Update January 2019 – Unfortunately we are currently unable to accept any referrals due to a large number of families waiting for support. This will be reviewed regularly.]

What happens after a referral has been made?

After your referral has been received and processed by the scheme, a Co-ordinator will contact the family to arrange a time to visit and talk through their needs in order to find a best possible match of volunteer.