What We Offer

Home-Start Teignbridge believe that children need a happy and secure childhood and that parents play the most important role in giving their children a good start in life – which helps them achieve their full potential. Since 1989, Home-Start Teignbridge have been supporting families who are struggling to cope with a variety of challenges, including post-natal illness, budgeting on a low income, disability, isolation, the stressful demands of young children, bereavement and multiple births.

Our volunteers go into the families’ homes and give appropriate support according to their needs: if the child is at risk of isolation, volunteers will help the parent/carer get the children out to play groups, parks or other socially-interactive trips. Where a parent is struggling with illness, volunteers will give the children focussed attention (playing, reading and doing craft activities etc) which allows the parents some recovery time while promoting the development of the child. When a parent is dealing with a number of stresses, it is easy to neglect simply spending time with children and enjoying the moment – our volunteers aim to help children by creating ‘magical memories’ with their parents, strengthening the family bond in the process.

Many different agencies refer to us, from Health Visitors, Family Support Workers from Children's Centres, Doctors, Devon Portage and School Workers. As long as you are a professional and are working with the family, you can refer to us.

How to Refer

To refer a family to us, please fill in this form and either email it securely (we have an nhsmail account - denise.ratcliffe1@nhs.net, which other nhs users can email to securely) or print it off and post it to us at Home-Start Teignbridge, 9 Market Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2RJ.

   Download Referral Form