Home-Start Daventry and South Northants

Giving Children the Best Start in Life

Let’s Make A Difference Today Please…

Home-Start Daventry and South Northants is a voluntary organisation that offers support and practical help to young families living in South Northamptonshire and Daventry Districts. All families supported by the scheme are experiencing difficult or stressful situations and have at least one child under five years old.

We offer a unique service, recruiting and training volunteers, who are parents’ themselves, to visit families in their homes for a couple of hours a week. They provide non-judgemental practical and emotional support that helps to increase the parent’s self-esteem and confidence and their ability to cope, helping to prevent family breakdown.

Families ask for our support for many reasons: perhaps they are struggling to cope with postnatal illness, multiple births, have a child or parent with a disability, family breakdown, domestic abuse, substance misuse, bereavement or maybe they feel isolated and unable to connect with their local community.

What did we achieve this year?

  • Our volunteers supported 73 families across Daventry District & South Northamptonshire.
  • These families included 174 children: 120 under five years old and 54 over five years old.
  • Our volunteers supported 15 children who were considered disabled by their main carer.
  • We supported 9 children who were on a Child Protection Plan and 4 with Children in Need status.
  • Over 50 children attended our organised activities: our visit to Rookery Farm, our Christmas party and our 21st Birthday Party Fun Day.
  • Our volunteers spent at least 1,800 hours of their time visiting families for the scheme: at the minimum wage of £7.50 per hour this equates to some £13,500.

What a home visiting volunteer meant to this family…..

“When I was first introduced to my volunteer I was very depressed. I have three children. One had just been diagnosed as autistic and at the time I felt unable to cope with his very challenging behaviour. If we went out I felt judged by other people who thought, I was a bad parent. I didn’t know how to get the help we needed – I just wanted to hide away. ”

“I quickly formed a real bond with my volunteer who had experience in caring for an autistic child. She helped me to get other services involved and gave me the emotional support I desperately needed. She was fantastic with the children and we went on outings with them together. Over time I built up the confidence to do this on my own as I had developed strategies to deal with the difficult behaviour and other people’s attitudes.”

“My volunteer was there for me during some very difficult times including the break-up of my marriage. She accompanied me to sort out my finances and has helped me realise I can manage independently without my very controlling husband. I started socialising more as my self-esteem improved and I was able to enjoy my children more.”
“I genuinely believe my volunteer saved my life.”

What supporting this family meant to the volunteer ….

“I visited this family for 19 months. During that time, I supported them through many challenges. The mum had to deal with personal health and relationship difficulties as well as dealing with the very challenging needs of her autistic son. I am very proud of this mum who has worked so hard and achieved such a positive improvement in small steps. This has resulted in a happier calmer environment for her lovely young family. “

Quote from a Health Visitor:

“Home-Start is a supportive and very worthwhile service offering help to young families in our community”.

Very simply, we make a difference and make the win-win-win happen: WIN for families, WIN for volunteers, and WIN for the whole community as families become more self-sufficient


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