Established in 1996 Home-Start Daventry and South Northants is a local charity run by a local Board of Trustees. This family support service for families within the 2 districts of Daventry and South Northants was set up to offer a service, free at the point of access that would be available to all and completely independent of statutory agencies.
Home-Start Daventry and South Northants recruits and trains volunteers from south Northamptonshire, then carefully matches the volunteer with an appropriate family. All of the families we support must have at least one child under five. The volunteer visits the family in their own home once a week. Families tell us what a huge difference it makes to their lives to have that support at a time of need, often describing our volunteers as “a ray of sunshine” or a “life-line”. The best part of our work is to see the children start to thrive again as the volunteer helps the parents work through their difficulties.
Home-Start Daventry and South Northants is affiliated to the national organisation, Home-Start UK, but we are autonomous and responsible for our own management and our own funding. Home-Start UK provides advice and support through a regional consultant together with a stringent Quality Assurance review process to ensure the scheme operates effectively.
The scheme has five staff who work closely with a network of around thirty trained volunteers who carry out home-visiting support to families. We are a local charity which was set up in response to an identified need for a support service for Daventry and Northants families that was free at the point of access, completely independent and available to all.