Welcome to Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire
Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire is a voluntary home-visiting scheme, which supports families with at least one child under five in the southern area of Oxfordshire. It is managed locally, but supported by Home-Start UK, the national organisation which offers training, information and guidance to Home-Start schemes to ensure consistent and quality support for parents and children wherever they are.
Family life with young children can be very difficult and stressful at times, and this is when it helps to have a friend to turn to.
Many parents need help, friendship, advice or support during those early years when children are young. There is no rulebook for raising a family and sometimes it can seem overwhelming, particularly if your family is going through difficult times. Although we work predominantly with Mums and their children we are absolutely committed to helping Dads too! Dads are no less affected by the challenges of parenting and we are here to deliver a “whole family” approach.
Home-Start volunteers are either parents, or have parenting experience. They attend a 40-hour preparation course including child development, community resources, confidentiality, relationships, and safeguarding children.
Volunteers offer two to three hours a week, on a regular basis, to visit one or two families in their homes. They do not replace social workers or health visitors and are not connected to any other agency, although they are aware of services offered by them. Volunteers receive travel expenses only.
We are proud to be quality assured through the Home-Start Quality Assurance System – a programme of self-assessment against nationwide quality standards. The process looks at the continuous improvement of all our practice areas relating to governance, management and service delivery.
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