Home-Start North Down

There for parents when they need us most,
because childhood can't wait

Are you a Parent in need of Support?

Home-Start North Down may be able to help by offering you volunteer home visiting support or you may wish to attend one of the Family Groups if you:

  • live in the borough of North Down
  • have one or more pre-school children
  • are in need of a little extra help

There are many reasons why you may choose Home-Start.  Perhaps you are:

  • feeling isolated, maybe with no family nearby and struggling to make friends
  • suffering with post-natal depression and maybe finding it hard to talk to anyone about it
  • having a hard time coping with your child’s illness or disability
  • affected by the death of a family member
  • struggling with the emotional and practical demands of twins, triplets or children under 5
  • finding it hard to cope with relationship difficulties
  • feeling exhausted or depressed
  • coping with your own illness or disability

A carefully selected and trained volunteer, who has parenting experience can visit you regularly for 2-3 hours a week in your own home. Our volunteers undergo a criminal record check with Access NI. Our volunteers are there to offer emotional and practical support. Our support is confidential, flexible and responsive to your needs and can include:

  • being a listening ear
  • adult company
  • helping and playing with your children
  • giving reassurance
  • helping you to find out about and access other local amenities and services
  • giving encouragement and motivation
  • giving practical help

“….you have given me friendship, help, advice and the support I really needed. Before Home-Start my life was in turmoil. I suffered from depression, low self-esteem, no confidence and I felt isolated ….. I had hit rock bottom. Home-Start helped kick-start the beginnings of a new chapter in my life.”

A mother who received support

If you are a parent looking for support, please phone us on 028 9127 1201 or visit our Contact Page to ask for a referral form. The form is simple; you can complete it yourself but please phone or call into our office if you need help with this or ask someone else such as your GP or health visitor to do it for you. The information you provide will help us ensure that the support you receive is appropriate and effective.

Once we receive your completed referral form we will contact you and arrange to visit to discuss what issues your family is having to deal with, what support is needed and how we may be able to help you. Home-Start North Down is an independent and confidential volunteer service – we only support you at your request.

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