There are a number of different ways that Home-Start Kirklees can support you through the Thriving Kirklees partnership
Volunteer home-visiting support
Families referred to Home-Start Kirklees are offered a trained volunteer to support weekly by visiting the family in their home for 2-3 hours. Volunteers can offer practical help and emotional support to parents who maybe need someone to talk to and feeling low due to issues that any family can face.
Volunteers are carefully matched to families and offer support for as long as it is needed so long as the youngest child in the home is under 5 years old and not in full time education.
Home-Start Co-ordinators supervise the volunteers and keep in touch with families to ensure that the they receive the right support.
Home-Start support is confidential and is tailored to meet the needs of individual families. Parents choose to have Home-Start support and can either self-refer or can be referred by a professional who is already supporting the family.
Group support for young mums
Home-Start Kirklees offers group support for young mums aged 14-24 years. Group sessions run weekly and all the parents and children who attend eat a healthy lunch together before playtime for the children and much needed social time for the parents. Group sessions are delivered by Home-Start staff and supported by volunteers and peer educators. Our young parents can decide and design the themes of the group sessions and chose the range of activities provided.
Peer Educator support
Peer supporters are all young parents themselves who have previously attended our groups and have first-hand experience some of the difficulties faced by young parents. Peer supporters have undergone relevant Home-Start training and are keen to help other young mums individually or in group support.
For more information click on the “Request Support” button below or visit the Home-Start Kirklees website.