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WHO CAN HOME-START HELP?men on sofa

If you are a mum, dad or carer with a child under five, and are finding things tough at the moment, you can ask for free help. Our trained volunteers help parents going through difficult times including:

  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Copings with twins, triplets or several pre-school children
  • Ill health, disability or special needs
  • Lone parenting
  • First-time parenthood or new babies
  • Postnatal illness
  • Children's behavioural problems

HOW DO I ASK FOR HOME-START HELP?

If you feel you would like a Home-Start volunteer to visit you, there are a number of ways to get in touch.

  • You can contact Home-Start Orkney directly
  • Talk to your Health Visitor or Midwife, or any other service who is supporting you
  • Ask a social worker
  • Enlist the help of a friend or family member to contact us

 WHAT DO THE VOLUNTEERS DO?

A Home-Start volunteer will visit you regularly (usually once a week for a couple of hours) and offer:

  • Friendly support through difficult times for as long as you need help
  • Understanding that when bringing up children, problems are not unusual
  • Reassurance that you are not alone
  • A listening ear and a shoulder to cry on
  • An extra pair of hands to help you cope with everyday situations
  • Practical help with activities like playing or storytime

Our volunteers are parents themselves and so understand the difficulties in raising a young family.

WILL ANYONE ELSE FIND OUT?

Home-Start support is confidential. Personal information about you and your family is not disclosed to anyone outside Home-Start without your consent, except where there is concern about the safety or welfare of a child.

WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND?

You choose whether or not to accept Home-Start support and can change your mind at any time. A volunteer will only visit on your invitation.