Meet three families and their Home-Start volunteers to hear their stories and find out more about why early support from Home-Start matters.
Peter became a single parent almost overnight. He gave up work to care for his three young children. Peter was referred to Home-Start Wandsworth and was matched with one of our volunteers. Watch Peter’s story to see how Rufus, his volunteer, supported him through a difficult time, offering both practical and emotional support at a time when he needed it the most.
Manu, a mother of a toddler and a newborn baby, was referred to Home-Start Wandsworth by her health visitor because of low moods, anxiety, isolation and a previous history of post-natal depression. Her confidence was rock bottom and the whole family was being affected.
Manu’s Home-Start volunteer, Helen, gave her practical and emotional support at home which helped build Manu’s confidence to leave the house with the children for short trips to the park and visits to their local Home-Start hub.
With support from Helen and feeling more confident and empowered, Manu started a neighbourhood walking group for mums and children. Manu has addressed her own challenges and is now helping others to do the same.
Some of the things our families have said about us
“I lost myself for a while and felt that I didn’t know how to get back to being me. Homestart gave me the opportunity to get my independence back and find a friend in my volunteer at the same time. I’ll be eternally grateful to Homestart.”
“I’ll start with my lovely volunteer. She has been a ray of sunshine in my life, and the support I get from her is invaluable. I cannot express enough how seeing her once a week has brought confidence to my life, and for my son too.”