Providing struggling families with friendship
and emotional and practical support
We match trained volunteers with families that have at least one child under five and are struggling due to a range of reasons. They may be feeling overwhelmed and isolated and facing issues related to mental or physical illness, disability, bereavement, broken relationships, domestic abuse, poor housing or poverty.
Under the supervision of our experienced Home-Visiting Co-ordinators, volunteers help parents build their confidence, capabilities and connections so they can do their best for their children.
Our volunteers are all committed and caring local people, many of them parents themselves. They visit the family in their own home each week, usually for a couple of hours, and support them in any way they need. That might include anything from looking after the children so a frazzled mum can have a shower and catch up with housework through helping with family outings to offering a friendly listening ear when challenges feel insurmountable.
Each family and volunteer match is unique and we assess each case based on individual need as well as our capacity. Typically we aim for support to be in place for between six months and a year.
Our Home Visiting service consistently produces positive results, helping families move forward more united, happier and more resilient.