About Us

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.

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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.

Our supporters tell us ….

“Services like this are brilliant. We want as a nation to ensure that all vulnerable families have the most help in promoting that [vital] link between themselves and their babies.  Young people want to learn how to be good parents.”  Frank Field, MP

“Home-Start helps our society to ensure we are not neglecting families.  We neglect at our peril, for young brains are shaped by what parents are able to give their children.  If we do not support parents in that giving, we hurt ourselves, in the costs of health, social work, prisons.  So Home-Start offers services not just to families but to taxpayers and politicians. Thank you, Home-Start.”  Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk

“A central component of Home-Start X service is to provide support early, before family problems or pressures evolve into deeper and more challenging forms of family crisis. This early intervention approach enables families to strengthen their own capabilities and gives them a vital source of sustained support.”  Graham Allen, MP

“It’s fundamentally important to help families to bring up children. It’s the hardest job in the world. As a society, we need to help families. That support is really important.” Georgina Fitzalan-Howard, Duchess of Norfolk

“Research into Home-Start…confirms that they produce benefits for parents and children.  Home-Start raises self-confidence, improves social networks, reduces difficult behaviour on the part of the child and improves physical and mental health.”  Every Child Matters

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