Parents with mental health difficulties in the Gosport and Fareham areas could receive support from a new project being delivered by Home-Start. The 3 year project funded by Big Lottery Reaching Communities grant will provide one-to-one personalised support to parents with young children who need support to access mental health services. Seventy five volunteers will receive specialised training provided by Home-Start in parnership with Solent Mind – the two organisations will work closely together so that parents get the support they need to manage and improve their mental well being.
Home-Start Gosport & Fareham, based in Salterns Lane, Fareham developed the project by assessing local need, consulting partners and beneficiaries, and carrying out an evaluation of its services which found that 90% of families supported experienced mental health issues. The research found that parents with young children experienced multiple barriers to accessing services, e.g. physical barriers such as transport, childcare problems, availability of appointment times; and also emotional barriers associated with mental health, e.g. lack of confidence, low mood, and anxiety.
Louise Wheeldon, Senior Co-ordinator of the charity is delighted that they will now be able to support more families needing this specialised one-to-one support. She said, “It also means referrals can be made for more people and there won’t be a delay being referred and getting our help like there was in the past.”
From left, Gemma Maidment, Kerry Hookway, Christine Roach, Amanda Goddard, Clare Storey, Carol Dyer, Jenny Paterson, Debbie Freemantle and Louise Wheeldon, staff and volunteers at Home-Start Fareham and Gosport Picture: Allan Hutchings (151551-477) Portsmouth News