How we help

If you are a parent or a carer (with at least one child under 5) and you are finding things tough for any reason, you might find Home-Start support helpful.


We support families facing a variety of problems including:

  •    Loneliness

  •    Isolation

  •    Post-natal depression

  •    Disabilities or ill health

  •    Multiple births

  •    Relationship difficulties

  •    Bereavement 

  •    Domestic violence



In other words - anyone with at least one child under 5, who is experiencing difficulties, can ask Home-Start for help.


Home-Start Canterbury & Coastal helps families in the Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable areas of East Kent.  If you live in another part of the country then you can find the address of your local Home-Start scheme from the Home-Start UK website.


How can Home-Start help?


Home-Start volunteers visit families regularly in their own homes.  The visits are usually once a week but this can be flexible.  The volunteer and the family decide together when to meet and how the time will be spent.


Sometimes a parent may want someone to listen, someone to talk to - or even someone to share an adult conversation!  At another time they may need more practical help with the shopping or playing with the children.


As well as home visiting, Home-Start organises a number of family groups in the area.  These informal groups are a meeting place for families with children under 5. 

They are an opportunity to socialise, relax and make new friends.



Family Advice Worker Service


Paid workers provide information , support and advice about local

services for families with at least one child  under 5 years.


Outreach support


For families within the Canterbury and Coastal Childrens Centres Catchment areas, Home Start outreach and community workers visit families, to bulid their selfesteem and confidence to enable and acourage families to access a variety of support and health services located at children's centres.



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