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Home-Start North West Leicestershire

Asking for Help

 

As a parent you might ask for Home-Start's help for all sorts of reasons:

> you might be feeling isolated in your community, have no family nearby and be struggling to make friends.

> you may be finding it hard to cope because of your own or your child's illness.

> you may have been hit hard by the death of a loved one.

> you may be struggling with the emotional and physical demands of having twins or triplets - perhaps born into an already large    family.


Help is at hand. We support any family who needs us, as long as they have at least one child under five.



All Home-Start volunteers are interviewed to assess their motivation to become a volunteer and we take up two written personal references to confirm their suitability. All volunteers have to complete a training course prior to them being placed with a family and we complete an enhanced level criminal record check to ensure they are suitable to work with children. Volunteers also receive ongoing supervision and support from their co-ordinator who would also be available to speak to you should you any concerns


Can I trust the volunteer?


All Home-Start volunteers are interviewed to assess their motivation to become a volunteer and we take up two written personal references to confirm their suitability. All volunteers have to complete a training course prior to them being placed with a family and we complete an enhanced level criminal record check to ensure they are suitable to work with children. Volunteers also receive ongoing supervision and support from their co-ordinator who would also be available to speak to you should you any concerns.


How do I ask for help?


Home-Start accepts referrals directly from families so you can contact us directly, please see our contacts page. On average 25% of families contact us directly.


If you find it difficult to approach us and you are in contact with a professional such as a health visitor or Children's Centre worker you can ask them to contact us on your behalf to ask for our involvement