Home Visiting Program
Home-Start initially began as a home visiting program where trained and supervised volunteers visited a family with children aged 0-5 years in their own home, once a week.
Families may be struggling with isolation and loneliness, mental health or physical illness, disabilities, parenting issues or may have recovered from addiction or escaped domestic violence. Volunteers provide practical and emotional support to help parents grow in confidence and capability, improve their parenting skills, and form stronger links with their local community.
We have a long history of collaboration with other services, including health, family services, women’s refuges and domestic violence programs. Staff from these services are involved in training our volunteers so they are able to help families in whatever way they need.
We believe every child deserves the best start in life, and that all parents should have the support they need to help their children reach their full potential.
Home-Start’s trained and screened volunteers make a world of difference to children and parents who are struggling to cope. With regular home visits, a listening ear, understanding, care and reliable support, families become stronger and children thrive.
Our award-winning Volunteer Home Visiting Program works because our volunteers are parents themselves.
They remember and understand how hard it can be raising a family. Volunteers work alongside parents, in their own space, to help them cope with the stresses and strains of life and to build the skills, confidence and strength they need to nurture their babies and children.