Get Support


If you live in York, have at least one child under six, and need some support then get in touch, we're here to help.


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Train as a professional volunteer and support local families who are facing a range of difficulties.

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Fundraise, volunteer or sponsor a family. There are several ways to help our charity grow and get involved.


Here to help

Home-Start York was established in 1988 as a voluntary organisation. Committed to supporting parents with at least one child under the age of six, volunteers visit families in their own homes each week, offering support, friendship and practical help. This family-centred support strengthens and empowers families; Positive intervention in early years can prevent issues developing further and enables parents to find their own way forward through their difficulties to achieve lasting change.

Starting a family can be the most wonderful thing you will ever do, but also the most challenging. Home Start supports families in York area to help parents give their children the best start in life. Home-Start responds to each family’s individual needs and supports those needs through a home-visiting volunteer supporting them each week for 2-3 hours. Volunteers support parents by doing things together – e.g. going to Parent & Toddler group, playing with the children, going to appointments, finding benefits advice, etc. – and with this comes lots of listening and encouragement. Slowly getting to know each other and having a laugh together is sometimes enough to turn a bad day into a great week.



Our Supporters

On behalf of the families we work with- a big Thank You to our supporters. Home-Start York relies on the generosity and commitment of funding organisations, the public, and government grants. Without this vital support, we would not be able to help the huge number of families each year.

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