About Home-Start Dover District
Home-Start Dover District

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About Us

"Home-Start Dover District has an excellent record of supporting families throughout the Dover District since 1995"

Sue Marshall
October 2013

To find out more about us download our Strategic plan 2013 - 2015


Quality Assurance Review - February 2013

In February we had a two day Quality Assurance Review by Home-Start UK.

This thoroughly tested our quality of Service over 16 Quality Standards

We are pleased to announce that we passed with ‘flying colours’.

About Home-Start Dover District

WHAT is Home-Start...
Home-Start is a voluntary organisation offering support, friendship and practical help to families at home with at least one child under 5. The first Home-Start scheme was launched in 1973 and there are now nearly 330 schemes with more than 7,000 volunteers visiting families throughout the UK. Each local scheme is staffed by at least one paid Organiser (or Co-ordinator) who is responsible for running the scheme and recruiting volunteers. The service is free, non judgemental and confidential.

About Us HOW can Home-Start help...
Being a parent, wherever you live or whatever the situation, is not easy. Many parents feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the stresses of family life. It is even more difficult if family or friends are unable to offer you support and breathing space when you most need it. Some parents lose confidence in their ability to cope and most can remember days when they would have liked someone to turn to. A Home-Start volunteer will visit you regularly (usually once a week for a couple of hours) in your home and offer support through difficult times for as long as it is helpful or needed. You decide with your volunteer when visits will happen and how you spend the time. Home-Start volunteers are parents too and may have been supported by Home-Start themselves in the past. You can choose whether or not to accept Home-Start support. A volunteer will only visit at the invitation of the family.

WHO can Home-Start help...
Families from all backgrounds, with at least one child under 5, who are experiencing difficulties. These might be lonely or isolated parents or families with twins, multiple births or several pre-school children. They could be families where there is ill health or disability/special needs. Lone parents, and mums who may have postnatal depression, or families who are new to an area.

Who are our volunteers...
They come from many different backgrounds and ages but all are either parents or have parenting experience and are carefully selected for their friendliness and understanding. All volunteers have attend a course of preparation before being linked with families. They visit one or more families a week and take their own individual skills and experience to the families they visit. They are not paid for their work and will not replace your health visitor or a social worker. Volunteers will visit you in your home because you have invited them and they wish to offer you their time and friendship and will accept you as you are, so please feel relaxed about visits. If you are reading this because you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please see our volunteers page.

What to do next...
Any family with at least one child under 5 can ask Home-Start for support. To find out if Home-Start can help, you can contact us directly by using the contact details as displayed on this web site or talk to your Health Visitor, GP or Social Worker, or you could ask a friend or family member to contact the scheme for you.

We also provide:

  • Accounting & Administration for the Early Years Fund (providing funding for 2-3 yrs to go to nursery).
  • Accounting & Administration for Dover, Deal & Sandwich YAPS groups.
  • Accounting & Administration for Dover Weaning Group.

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