How We Help

Home-Start Central Lancashire offers tailored support to families within the Chorley, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Preston areas when you have at least one child between 0-11 years old for our home visiting service and between 0-19 for our People in Crisis Support work.

We recruit and train volunteers, who have parenting experience from within our local communities. They visit you at home once a week and stay with you for up to three hours each time, they offer informal, friendly, confidential and developmental support.

We can support you to develop your confidence, strengthen your relationships with your children and help with their development, and widen your links with the local community.

We offer tailored support, a home visiting coordinator will come out to visit you, discuss your family’s individual needs and together highlight what value a home visiting volunteer could add to your circumstances.

“Home-Start helped me get back on top and start planning for the future.”

Being a parent can be the hardest job especially when circumstances change. Everyone needs some help and support at some point in their lives, a volunteer we can help:

  • Lonely or isolated parents
  • Parents struggling with the early years development of their baby/child/children.
  • Young first time parents
  • Families with multiple births or several children
  • Families where there is ill health or disability/special needs
  • Families who have suffered bereavement
  • Parents who have gone through separation, divorce or have left an abusive relationship
  • Mum’s who have post-natal depression or are at risk of developing it.
  • Families who are new to an area
  • Families from all backgrounds
  • Lone parents
  • Families who are struggling navigating agencies and finding the correct service to suit your needs

Home visiting volunteers can visit you once a week and stay with you for up to three hours. In that time they will work alongside you giving you the practical and emotional support that you and your coordinator have planned beforehand.

“Home-Start have made a big difference to our family by making us not feel alone, supporting our varying needs by helping us to get out of the house and access groups.”

Our Home Visiting Volunteers

  • Help you establish routines for you and your children while you’re going through such a huge change to your life
  • Play and read to your children and help you to do the same
  • Be an extra pair of hands for you in cases of multiple births or more than one child under 5 years old.
  • Offer practical strategies to implement with your children and help you overcome challenging behaviour and parent children with additional needs effectively.
  • Listen to your worries, concerns and hopes for your family
  • Be there because they want to be – not because someone has ‘sent’ them
  • Offer a shoulder to cry on
  • Share their own experiences of parenting and family life
  • Help you to understand the value of early childhood development and how it can improve lifetime potential for children.
  • Offer advice if you ask for it
  • Provide support, friendship and encouragement
  • Help you access benefits, grants and financial support
  • Put you in touch with local services or specialist support
  • Connect you with your local community
  • Give guidance around budgeting and managing your money more effectively
  • Attend appointments with you

If you feel you would benefit from receiving home visiting support than you can make a self-referral by completing our Request For Service Form below.

If you are a professional seeking help for a family then you must gain consent from the family in order to make the request for service on their behalf.