How We Can Help
Home-Start Merton is valued by other agencies as a useful addition to the services they provide for families. The volunteer’s friendly support is not intended to be a substitute for professional services and the best results are achieved through an active partnership between professionals and Home-Start.
Our carefully chosen, trained and then carefully matched volunteers provide support, friendship and practical help to families experiencing difficulties and could include:-
- Families with multiple births
- New birth
- Parents with post natal depression
- Families new to the area
- Lone parents
- Positive parenting
- Families where there is ill health or special needs
How do they help?
- A trained volunteer listens, supports, encourages and gives practical help. They visit families in their own homes where the dignity and identity of each individual can be respected and protected.
- Developing a relationship of trust with the family in which time can be shared and understanding can be developed.
- The approach is flexible to take account of different needs.
- Reassuring parents that difficulties in bringing up children are not unusual and encouraging enjoyment in family life.
- Encouraging parents strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their children.
- Encouraging families to widen their network of relationships and to use the support and services available within their community effectively.
- Sharing their skills and coping strategies as parents themselves, providing an increased awareness of the children’s needs.
- Motivation to help increase self esteem, self confidence and a sense of worth.
Home-Start volunteers provide support to empower families to function independently without the need for intervention.
If you would like to discuss a family before referring please telephone us on 020 8646 6044.