One to one support for families
Home-Start Norfolk recruits and trains volunteers with parenting experience to visit parents with young children at home. Our volunteers undergo a thorough training programme to prepare them for their role and receive ongoing support and supervision throughout their time at Home-Start.
Once we receive a request for help, we carefully match a volunteer with a family. The volunteer offers tailor-made one-to-one support, regularly – usually for around two hours at a time, on a weekly basis for an average of 6 months.
Our volunteers provide
- Emotional support to help parents find ways to manage and resolve problems.
- Direct support for children including playing, listening, having fun, establishing routines, encouraging development and providing opportunities for outings and treats.
- Practical help with getting to appointments, doing the shopping, budgeting, nutrition and meal planning, cooking and making the home safe.
- Information and links to health services, educational services and local Children’s Centres and groups.
School Readiness Support
Big Hopes Big Futures (BHBF)
For many children barriers exist which means that when they are due to start school they are not ‘school ready’. This means that they start their education already behind their peers and this gap continues to widen during their time at school. It is estimated that when almost half of all five-year olds start school that they are not ready for education.
The Big Hopes Big Futures programme was developed by Home-Start UK, funded by the Department of Education. It supports trained volunteers to use original materials with children and families, helping them to develop reading, writing, numeracy skills whilst supporting children to understand routines of the school day, ensuring that children are ‘school ready’ on their first day.
Our volunteers work with families, supporting parents and children for between 12 and 18 weeks. Our Ready, Steady, School groups provide additional support in the summer holiday before a child’s first day at school.
Group Support – Coming soon!
From 2018 we will be able to offer a number of groups for children and families. These groups will be run by trained Home-Start staff and volunteers and will usually run for 6 to 12 weeks.
There are many benefits of coming to a group:
- You and your children can meet other families
- Your children get the chance to play and learn with other children
- You get to meet other parents – many of whom will have been through similar experiences – meaning you feel less alone
- You get to pick up advice, tips and help from Home-Start staff, volunteers and other parents
Not sure if you can get support? Please contact us for further information.