An introduction to Home Start
About Home-Start Cheshire
Home-Start Cheshire recruits and trains volunteers from all of Cheshire (currently excluding Chester & Ellesmere Port). An appropriate volunteer is then carefully matched to a family. All of the families we support must have at least one child under five. The volunteer visits the family in their own home once a week. Families tell us what a huge difference it makes to their lives to have that support at a time of need, often describing our volunteers as “a ray of sunshine” or a “life-line”. The best part of our work is to see the children start to thrive again as the volunteer helps the parents work through their difficulties.
Home-Start Cheshire is a local charity which was set up in 1998 in response to an identified need for a support service that was free at the point of access, completely independent and available to all.
Home-Start Cheshire is affiliated to the national organisation, Home-Start UK, but we are autonomous and responsible for our own management and our own funding.
Home-Start UK provides advice and support through a Family Services Specialist together with a stringent Quality Assurance review process to ensure the scheme operates effectively.
The charity is run by a Management Committee made up of Trustees and Staff which is responsible for strategic planning and governance.
Staff help familes directly and train and support a network of volunteers who visit families in their homes, offering practical and emotional support.