Many parents need a little extra help and support during the early years when children are young. We can support families with at least one child under five with our home-visiting volunteers.
Who can be referred?
We accept referrals from families struggling to cope with a variety of challenges, such as post-natal illness, disability, isolation, the demands of parenting young children, bereavement and multiple births.
Home-Start support is not a substitute for professional services but complementary to them, and the best results are achieved through an active partnership between professionals and Home-Start.
We are no longer able to accept families who are under S17 or S47.
Who can make referrals?
Referrals can be made to Home-Start Norfolk by any agency working with young children such as health visitors, social workers, family support workers, children’s centres etc.
Families can also refer themselves for Home-Start support by contacting us by phone, letter or email. Around 25% of all our referrals come directly from families.
Things we can help with
- Lonely or isolated parents
- Families with multiple births or several pre-school children
- Families where there is ill health or disability/special needs
- Families affected by a bereavement or relationship problems
- Mums who have post-natal depression
- Families struggling with the emotional and physical demands of having young children
- Families experiencing difficulties in managing their children’s behaviour
- Lone parents
- Provide a baby-sitting service
- Look after children in the absence of their parents
- Support families who are under S17 or S47
- Provide indefinite support
Making a referral
How do I make a referral?
Families in need of support must have at least one child under the age of five and live in Norfolk.
Please discuss the referral to Home-Start Norfolk with the family – they MUST agree and be willing to accept our support.
Download a referral form and complete it, providing an indication of the family’s needs. Post or scan & email the completed referral form to us. Please note – this form is for professionals only. To self-refer please call or email us.
Contact us on 01603 977040 if you would like to discuss further with one of our team before referring a family.
What happens next?
Once a referral is accepted, we arrange an initial visit with the family to discuss their needs and tell them about what support is available from Home-Start Norfolk.
We carefully match the skills and experiences of a volunteer to the needs of a family, who is then taken along to be introduced to the family.
Volunteers visit weekly at a mutually convenient time to support the family with their needs.
Referrers are kept fully informed throughout the process of referral, matching and at regular intervals during the period of support by the volunteer.