What’s on offer?

Home-Start wants to see a society in which every parent has the support they need to give their children the best possible start in life.

We believe..

  • That parents play the key role in ensuring that children have a happy and secure childhood.
  • That to help give children the best possible start in life, parents continue to need support as they grown in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen links with the local community.

What do we offer?

A volunteer with parenting experience to visit parents with young children at home. The volunteer offers tailor-made one-to-one support, regularly – usually on a weekly basis.

Emotional support to help parents find ways to manage and resolve problems.

Direct support for children including playing, listening, having fun, establishing routines, encouraging development and providing opportunities for outings and treats.

Practical help with getting to appointments, doing the shopping, budgeting, nutrition and meal planning, cooking and making the home safe.

Outreach and family groups so parents can get out, meet others, and become more involved in their own community. Our Family Group meets every term time Thursday at Four Dwellings Children’s Centre, Quinton Road West, Quinton, Birmingham B32 1PJ. 10am – 12pm.

The two hour session will include activities such as Outside play, indoor activities, Arts and Crafts, Singing and story time, cooking, role play and much more.Transport for families to attend can be arranged in some circumstances but will remain subject to funding available. Our Family Group is open to all families that have been referred to Home-Start BGQ.

Social and educational trips throughout the year, to enable families to enjoy experiences together that they may not otherwise be able to participate in.

Swimming Group – Takes place on Fridays to support parents to take their children swimming.

Information and links to other organisations including health and educational services.

Attendance at meetings and moral support, especially in relation to dealing with case conferences and medical appointments.

Access to parenting advice and parenting skills training

Targeted support worker…our scheme currently has 10 hours per week to offer intense work with families to prepare them for a volunteer. This work is done on a one to one basis by qualified and experienced staff.