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.

How to Self-Refer

Self-referring is simple. Call Denise Ratcliffe at our office on 01626 353700. She will discuss with you what support you think you need and will book a visit to see you at home. From there, if support is suitable, you'll be matched with a volunteer who will see you for a couple of hours each week until the end of support.