Families need help for a variety of reasons including exhaustion, loneliness, depression, multiple births, lone parenting, domestic violence or ill health/disability. Home Start helps them by offering emotional/ practical support, providing someone to talk to, discuss concerns with & put things in perspective.
In Home Visiting we offer support to families within their Home in a confidential and culturally sensitive way. Support is based on assessed need and respects the diverse range of family structures. Appropriately prepared and trained parent volunteers and staff work together with families to build confidence and self-esteem. Home-Start Redbridge support is available to any families who are experiencing stress or difficulties, who have at least one child under the age of five and live within the Redbridge area.
Our volunteers support their families by sharing their parenting experiences and freely giving their time, friendship and encouragement as well as practical help. They offer a route to accessing information, for example, about nutrition, finances, accident prevention, health and hygiene. They help families access health care services by accompanying them to immunisation clinics, GP appointments and child development checks. Our parents self-esteem and self-confidence is developed and positive parenting is encouraged to aid those parents dealing with behavioural issues.
We make positive differences to the lives of vulnerable families and children we support. The list of outcomes we regularly support the families to meet is below, this is by no means exhaustive:
Our Family Group is an integral part of the service we provide. Home-visiting is not the ideal for all families and, for some, attending a group is the preferred option enabling parents and their children to socialise as well as access Home-Start Redbridges support. For the year 2012/2013 a total of 37 families were registered.
Meeting weekly, during term-time only, the groups main aim is to provide a welcoming non-threatening environment where children can play safely and parents can have a little respite from the demands of their young children.
Several of the parents who have been positively influenced by the support have expressed their desire to give in return, by assisting in the group. Another reason in their ambition to help is the opportunity to gain new skills.
The 2 hour session is fun packed and educational offering every child the opportunity to explore role play, socialise, and build self-esteem and confidence. This is achieved through structured play and craft activities all of which aids preparation for children heading for pre-school.
A sure sign that the group is a vitally significant part of the empowering work Home-Start offers is that parents have began to support each other with ideas/information on cooking, other services within the community; share problems such as issues around boundaries, sleeping and eating. Advice obtained from staff members on a one-to-one basis and group-work has also produced great results, whereby unsettled children were able to respect staff and peers, interact more positively with parent, participate in play and make friends.