Welcome to Home-Start Uttlesford
Home-Start Uttlesford, set up in 1984, is a local branch of the national voluntary organisation, with charitable status, in which volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to families with young children under stress in their own homes helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown.
Home-Start Uttlesford is for a family with at least one child under five years of age. Caring for children, particularly the under fives, is not always easy and can, at times, be very stressful. Most parents can recall days when they would have liked to chat things through with a friend or to have someone to provide that extra pair of hands. Home-Start Volunteers, mostly parents themselves, understand very well that need and are ready to offer help and friendly flexible support. Home-Start Uttlesford is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity which respects the identity, rights and worth of each individual.
As a parent you might ask for Home-Start’s help for all sorts of reasons:
- feeling isolated in your community, have no family nearby and be struggling to make friends
- finding it hard to cope because of your own or your child’s illness
- suffering with post natal depression and finding it hard to talk about it
- a lone parent
- finding life hard following the death of a loved one or
- really struggling with emotional and physical demands of having twins or triplets – perhaps born into an already large family.
Help is at hand.
We try to support any family who needs us, as long as they have at least one child under five. When you ask for Home-Start’s help you can also be sure of total confidentiality. After asking for our support you will meet with one of our local coordinators who will try to match you with one of our volunteers. Then, whenever possible, one of our volunteers, who all have parenting experience, will visit you for a couple of hours a week and aim to give you both emotional and practical help. Home-Start Volunteers are not paid for their work. They work alongside the other professional agencies to support each family. Home-Start Uttlesford is funded by grants and individual supporters who raise funds on our behalf. If you wish to make a difference you could make a donation or hold a fundraising event on our behalf. Click here to find out more.
Home-Start Uttlesford thanks the following organisations for their support.
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