Referring Families


Home-Start is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under five years of age.  Volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to young families under stress in their own homes, helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown”

Are you a social or health worker interested in referring a family  to Home-Start for support?  To refer a family in the Canterbury, Herne Bay or Whitstable  areas we suggest you:-


1. Talk to the family about Home-Start and suggest how we might be able to help


2. Ask the family’s permission to contact Home-Start


3. Complete a referral form, giving outline details of the family's situation. 

(Please contact us if you would like to have copies sent by post or email)

4. Contact us at the Home-Start office in Canterbury


Additional Support


For some families a home-visiting volunteer may not be an appropriate means of support.  Home-Start Canterbury & Coastal facilitates a number of Family Groups across the area. 

Details of other schemes across the UK are available from theHome-Start UK website.


 Referral Forms:

                Referral for Volunteer Support 

          Referral for Group Support

Home-Start Resources

Home-Start produces a range of leaflets, brochures and fliers for families, referrers and volunteers.  These include:-


Support and friendship for families

A guide to volunteering for Home Start


Help for your family

A guide to Home Start's support and friendship


Helping Parents build better lives for their children

a guide to the UK's leading family support charity


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