What we do

We help to increase the confidence and independence of families by:

  • Visiting them in their own homes to offer support, friendship and practical assistance.
  • Re-assuring parents that their problems are not unusual or unique.
  • Enabling parents to develop their confidence, strengths and emotional well-being.
  • Encouraging the fun and pleasures of family life.

Volunteers can offer:

  • Time for listening and talking.
  • Help with the children.
  • A break for parents.
  • Practical help and reassurance.
  • The opportunity to meet other parents with young children.
  • Support for families to use local services and resources.

Parents ask for Home-Start Ashford’s support for all sorts of reasons:

  • Feeling isolated in their community, be new to the area or have no family nearby.
  • Finding it hard to cope because of their own, or a child’s physical or mental illness.
  • Finding it hard to deal with a recent separation or the death of a loved one.
  • Challenged by the emotional and physical demands of having twins or triplets – perhaps born into an already large family.