An introduction to Home Start
About Home-Start Stroud District & Quedgeley
Home-Start Stroud District & Quedgeley recruits and trains volunteers from around the Stroud District and Quedgeley area of Gloucestershire, 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.
From April 2017 the charity set up Group Start to run specific groups to target specific family needs at different stages: Best Start (postnatal Support), Bump Start (antenatal support), Mothers in Mind (Mental Health awareness & support) drop in group and Forest Green Family Fun drop in group. See the Group Start pages for further information.
Home-Start Stroud District is a local charity which was set up in 1999 in response to an identified need for a support service for Stroud District families that was free at the point of access, completely independent and available to all. In 2016 The charity expanded into Quedgeley.
Home-Start Stroud District 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 together with a stringent Quality Assurance review process to ensure the scheme operates effectively.
The charity is run by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for governance and setting the direction of the scheme and there are 6 members of staff, together with a network of 66 trained volunteers who carry out the home-visiting parent support service.
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