Home-Start in Hampshire is a consortium of 11 local Home-Start’s providing a service to families across Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. With over 500 trained volunteers, Home-Start schemes in Hampshire offer personalised support to over 1,000 families every year. Home-Start in Hampshire is part of the Home-Start network, the UK’s leading family support charity.
Home-Start in Hampshire is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. Its primary aim is to ensure that local Home-Start schemes are supported to deliver a high quality volunteer service to families throughout Hampshire. We do this by:
- promoting the profile, efficiency and effectiveness of Home-Start in Hampshire
- preparing and presenting funding bids where collective applications are appropriate
- advancing public education about the work of Home-Start
Why Home-Start matters
The five years between birth and school are vital for a child’s development. What goes on inside a family during these years strongly determines the opportunities and life chances children have. Children who are raised in a stable, loving, family environment are more likely to have a positive and healthy future. But being a parent isn’t easy and sometimes life can get in the way. Circumstances throw you off course and everything else can take a back seat. A young child caught up in this can miss out on the love, routine and stimulation that are so vital for their future. Home-Start works because our volunteers are parents. They understand how hard it can be. They work alongside parents, in their own homes, to help them cope with the stresses and strains of life and make sure they have the skills, time and strength they need to nurture their children.
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