Home-Start has been a positive support to parents—often single parents responsible for the upbringing of young children……..We have experience where their support has enhanced the emotional well-being of parents with a consequent benefit for young children……Our experience has been that they have high standards of professionalism, integrity and confidentiality. All referrals have been dealt with efficiency and competently.

Penny Bolton, Team Social Worker, Child and Family Therapy Centre

Home-Start volunteers help parents access services in the community like mother and baby groups, local college courses with crèche facilities, exercise groups, all of which contribute to a sense of well-being. Home-Start is a valuable resource that supports the promotion of community health, is non-stigmatising and contributes to reducing post-natal depression.

Anita Carter, Health Visitor, Southport & Formby PCT

The health visitors rate Home-Start extremely highly and we have a number of families who have been helped by it. This is an excellent service.

Dr Simon Tobin, GP at Norwood Surgery

“The support offered by Home-Start is invaluable as it is offered in a way that is so acceptable – not by a professional who professes to know all the answers but by a volunteer, another parent who can empathise.”

Cherie Booth QC-Patron of Home-Start Islington

“Home-Start is simple, cost effective and succeeds because it builds on local community resources. It recognises that neighbours count, that everyone needs a friend and that – given a chance – people will in fact reach out and connect with one another.”

Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP

“Parenting is the most important public health issue facing our society. It is the largest single variable implicated in childhood illness and accidents, teenage pregnancy and substance misuse, truancy, school disruption and underachievement; child abuse, unemployment, juvenile crime and mental illness. These are serious in themselves but are even more important as precursors of problems in adulthood and the next generation.”

Masud Hoghughi – Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Home-Start Southport & Formby is an independent registered incorporated charity-charity no. 1108802