Home-Start Epsom, Ewell & Banstead
There for parents when they need us most...
Because childhood can't wait
Are you a Parent in need of Support?
Who can we support?
We can support any parent living in the local area including: Epsom, Ewell, Banstead, we also cover Mole Valley North – Ashtead, Leatherhead, Fetcham and Bookham. Families have one or more children under the age of 5 and want our help at a difficult time in their life. There are many reasons why parents need support and these can include:
- Feeling isolated, maybe with no family nearby and struggling to make friends
- Suffering with post-natal depression and maybe finding it hard to talk to anyone about it
- Having a hard time coping with your child’s illness or disability
- Being affected by the death of a family member
- Struggling with the emotional and practical demands of twins, triplets or children under 5
- Finding it hard to cope with relationship difficulties
- Feeling exhausted or depressed
- Coping with your own illness or disability
If you have children over 5 years please see our Over 5’s project.
What do we offer?
Staff and Volunteers support families in a range of ways. Our Home-Visiting Support includes matching your family with a carefully selected and trained volunteer, who has parenting experience, will visit regularly for 2-3 hours a week in the family home. Volunteers offer emotional and practical support which is tailored to what the parent decides would be helpful. Needs can vary from week to week so our support is flexible and responsive and can include:
- Being a listening ear or someone to talk to
- Encouragement and motivation
- Support to carry out practical tasks around the house with parents
- Help to find out about and access other local amenities and services
- Emotional support to help parents find ways to manage and resolve problems.
- Direct support for children including playing, listening, having fun, establishing routines, encouraging development and providing opportunities for outings and treats.
- Practical help with getting to appointments, budgeting, nutrition and meal planning, cooking and making the home safe.
- Outreach and family groups so parents can get out, meet others and become more involved in their own community.
- Information and links to other organisations including health and educational services.
- Attendance at meetings and moral support, especially in relation to dealing with case conferences or solicitors and court cases.
- Access to parenting advice and parenting skills training.
Staff will also provide support for families on a short term basis or when it is more suitable for a family to receive this type of support.
Want to make a referral?: Self referral