Home-Start South Africa

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Home-Start is a friend to families with young children, and as such we offer emotional support and practical guidance to families with young children – at least one child should be under school-going age. Home-Start understands that a child’s early years are crucial and a time where interventions are most effective in yielding long term benefits. Home-Start therefore concentrates on supporting families with young children.      

Home-Start is unique in that trained volunteers visit families in their own home to help parents/families so that they might be able to give their young children the best possible start in life.

Home-Start helps to increase the confidence and independence of families by:

  • Visiting families in their own homes to offer support, friendship and practical assistance
  • Reassuring parents that their childcare problems are not unusual or unique
  • Encouraging parents' strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their children
  • Trying to get the fun back into family life

Our volunteers, who have parenting experience themselves, can offer:

  • Precious time for listening and talking
  • Help with the children
  • A break for parents
  • Practical help and reassurance
  • A chance to meet other parents in similar situations
  • Support to use local services and resources

Parents ask for Home-Start's help for all sorts of reasons:

  • They may feel isolated in their community, have no family nearby and be struggling to make friends
  • They may be finding it hard to cope because of their own or a child's physical or mental illness
  • They may have been hit hard by the death of a loved one
  • They may be really struggling the with emotional and physical demands of having twins or triplets - perhaps born into an already large family


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