What we do
Home-Start Newark helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of our support include improved health and well-being and better family relationships.
We provide one-to-one support for parents
Our volunteers visit the family’s home for a couple of hours every week. They tailor-make their support to the needs of the parents and children. Volunteers are very committed and will usually visit for a year or so, or until the parents feel they can stand on their own two feet. Parents and volunteers often develop a deeply trusting relationship which can lead to powerful change within the family.
We also run family groups and social events for families.
We offer families choice
- We work in partnership – with each other, with families and with other agencies,
- We work in a spirit of openness, encouragement and enjoyment
- We are flexible and responsive to the needs of families.
Why it matters
The five years between birth and school are vital for a child’s development. What goes on inside a family during these years strongly determines the opportunities and life chances children have. Children who are raised in a stable, loving, family environment are more likely to have a positive and healthy future. But being a parent isn’t easy and sometimes life can get in the way. Circumstances throw you off course and everything else can take a back seat. A young child caught up in this can miss out on the love, routine and stimulation that are so vital for their future. Home-Start Newark works because our volunteers are parents. They understand how hard it can be. They work alongside parents, in their own homes, to help them cope with the stresses and strains of life and make sure they have the skills, time and strength they need to nurture their children.
Home-Start Newark wants to see a society in which every parent has the support they need to give their children the best possible start in life.
The families we support
We support any family that is struggling to cope, where there is at least one child under five.
Families may need support due to:
- Isolation or loneliness
- Illness or injury
- Disability or mental health issues
- Relationship problems
- Multiple births
- Teenage pregnancy or being a young parent
- Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted or unhappy
- Poverty or financial difficulties
- Poor housing
- Substance abuse
- Domestic violence