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Home Visiting

Volunteers will offer -

· Understanding that when bringing up children, life isn’t always easy and problems are not unusual

· Reassurance and encouragement -you are not alone

· A listening ear and a shoulder to cry on if required

· An extra pair of hands to empower you to cope with everyday situations

· Practical help with activities like routines, playing or story time.

· Friendly Support through difficult times for as long as you need support

· Help getting out- they can signpost you to local groups and accompany you to appointments.

Everyone needs a little help sometimes and asking for support is a strength not a weakness, it means you care enough about your difficult situation to make positive steps for change. Home Start York can help you with this journey and give you the tools and encouragement to make a challenge a possibility


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Young Mums

Funded by The British Red Cross and Home-Start UK, our new project focuses on helping parents under 25. We currently offer group activities for young parents under 25 years who have a child under 6. We hold these groups in local libraries with the support of our volunteers who encourage young parents to get out into their community, meet each other and address issues such as loneliness, isolation, and depression. These groups are relaxed and fun.


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Military Families

HOME-START YORK trustees and staff are pleased to announce their plans to support military families in York. Over the next three years, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund will provide financial support for the project, supporting military families in our community.

Home-Start’s support for families in York has been in existence for the past 30 years. Together they provide a very special service: volunteers, who all have parenting experience, are trained by the staff team and supported to help families in stress with at least one child under six. The volunteer visits the family at home once a week giving support such as stimulating play activities for children; parenting strategies; accessing local services; family budgeting or sometimes simply providing a skilled listening ear when problems need sharing, thus lessening feelings of isolation.

The service is entirely confidential. Your health visitor, doctor, Local Area team worker or the Army Welfare Service are some of the people who can also refer you. Alternatively, you can contact us directly, as a parent needing support.

With this funding, Home Start York plan to recruit more volunteers. If you feel that you would like to help a family in this way, or just want to find out more, please contact us.