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Home-Start Thanet, serving the Community and empowering families

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14 October 2019

Home Start Thanet
Home-Start is a well-established organisation which offers a diverse range of support to parents with young children. We have offered a unique outreach service throughout Thanet for over 32 years, recruiting and training volunteers, who are usually parents themselves to visit families.

Our committed and caring volunteer Mentors offer emotional and practical support through weekly visits into the families’ home. Their friendly, non-judgemental approach enables parents to make positive changes, improving the quality of life and outcomes for themselves and their children.

Home-Start Thanet is rooted in and serves the local community. To us every family is special, and by providing individual support to parents we enable them to grow in confidence, to strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links with the local community. We believe that parents play the key role in ensuring that children have a happy and secure childhood, but even the most dedicated parents can face challenges at times and that is where the regular support of a volunteer Mentor really helps.

We have been fortunate to receive funding from The Lottery and our Embrace Programme ensures we deliver focused interventions to parents needing psychological support with issues such as depression, anxiety and stress. We offer both a home visiting service plus counselling. Our Butterfly Programme funded by Children in Need focuses on the child and supports with challenging behaviours, children awaiting diagnosis for Spectrum disorders and also supports children with life transitions or past trauma.

We are looking for people of all ages who are parents themselves or have parenting experience to volunteer either as a home visiting Mentor or as a Trustee. Our next training course for potential volunteer mentors starts in October over five days therefore during school time allowing anyone with school aged children the opportunity to attend.

Once you have completed the short induction course you will be introduced to a local family to offer them weekly support, you will need to be able to commit between 2 - 4 hours per week, which is flexible to meet the demands of your own family.

To find out more please ring Sharon Lewis, Executive Manager, on 01843 609663/609665 or email