Home-Start Cheshire

Giving Children the Best Start in Life

Are you a Parent in need of Support?

Home-Start Cheshire may be able to help you if you:

  • live in Cheshire (currently excluding Chester & Ellesmere Port)
  • have one or more pre-school children
  • are experiencing difficulty and need a little practical help and/or emotional support

You may be offered support through a volunteer visiting you at home or

 you may wish to attend one of the Family Groups

A Mum who had support says…..

“….you have given me friendship, help, advice and the support I really needed. Before Home-Start my life was in turmoil. I suffered from depression, low self-esteem, no confidence and I felt isolated ….. I had hit rock bottom. Home-Start helped kick-start the beginnings of a new chapter in my life.”

If you are a parent looking for support, please phone us on 01606 606441, send us a message via our Contact Page, email us or ask your Health Visitor to make a referral. Someone will contact you, ask a few questions and arrange to visit you to discuss what issues your family is having to deal with, what support is needed and how we may be able to help you. Home-Start Cheshire is an independent and confidential volunteer service – we only support you at your request.

For more information on what you can expect from Home-Start Cheshire please see our information sheet.


Why choose Home-Start?

There are many reasons why you may choose Home-Start.  Perhaps you are:

  • feeling isolated, maybe with no family nearby and struggling to make friends
  • suffering with post-natal depression and maybe finding it hard to talk to anyone about it
  • having a hard time coping with your child’s illness or disability
  • affected by the death of a family member
  • struggling with the emotional and practical demands of twins, triplets or children under 5
  • finding it hard to cope with relationship difficulties
  • feeling exhausted or depressed
  • coping with your own illness or disability
If we think you qualify for our service, a carefully selected and trained volunteer, who has parenting experience, and has an up to date enhanced DBS, can visit you regularly for 2-3 hours a week in your own home. Our volunteers are there to offer emotional and practical support which is based on what we together agree would be helpful. Our support is flexible and responsive to your needs and can include:

  • being a listening ear or someone to talk to
  • adult company
  • helping and playing with your children
  • giving reassurance
  • helping you to find out about and access other local amenities and services
  • giving encouragement and motivation
  • giving practical help

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