Welcome to Home-Start East Herts
Home-Start East Herts is a local charity which supports ordinary parents in the Boroughs of East Herts and Broxbourne who are going through challenging times.
Being a parent, whatever your situation, can be very difficult, especially when children are young. Many parents feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the stresses of family life, particularly if they have little support from family and friends when they need it most. For some parents it's a particular struggle because they are also having to cope with issues such as post-natal depression, their or their child's illness or disability, isolation or multiple birth.
That's when parents need support.
That's when Home-Start East Herts can help.
A carefully selected volunteer, who has parenting experience themselves, regularly visits a family, in their own home, offering emotional and practical support through difficult times. This friendly parent-to-parent support is a simple yet effective way of enabling families to get back on track.
Please take a moment to browse through the pages of this website to find out more about our service, how to become a home-visiting volunteer or how you could offer your time by becoming a trustee of the charity.
Maybe you could make a donation, join our fundraising team or hold a fundraising event on our behalf. Click here to find out more.
Home-Start East Herts recruits and trains volunteers from around the boroughs of East Herts and Broxbourne, then carefully matches the volunteer with an appropriate family. All of the families we support must have at least one child under five. The volunteer visits the family in their own home once a week. Families tell us what a huge difference it makes to their lives to have that support at a time of need, often describing our volunteers as “a ray of sunshine” or a “life-line”. The best part of our work is to see the children start to thrive again as the volunteer helps the parents work through their difficulties.
We also run a family group for those families awaiting support or who are not assessed as needing a one-to-one volunteer but who would benefit from a supportive environment on a weekly basis, or for families awaiting support from a home visiting volunteer.
Home-Start East Herts is a local charity which was set up in 1995 in response to an identified need for a support service for East Herts families that was free at the point of access, completely independent and available to all.
Home-Start East Herts is affiliated to the national organisation, Home-Start UK, but we are autonomous and responsible for our own management and our own funding. Home-Start UK provides advice and support through a regional consultant together with a stringent Quality Assurance review process to ensure the scheme operates effectively.
The charity is run by a Management Committee who are responsible for governance and setting the direction of the scheme and there are 5 part-time members of staff, together with a network of trained volunteers who carry out the home-visiting parent support service.
Trustees & Staff
List of trustees as at February 2012.
|Senior Co-ordinator||Kay Pitt|
|Finance Administrator||Yvonne Saxton|
|Family Group Playleader||Liz Moran|
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