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Home-Start offers informal and friendly support for families with young children in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
Support is free, confidential and non-judgemental. Almost 25% of families refer themselves to Home-Start. They help to increase the confidence and independence of families by:
Visiting families in their own homes to offer support, friendship and practical assistance.
Reassuring parents that their childcare problems are not unusual or unique.
Encouraging parents' strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their children.
Trying to get the fun back into family life.
Their volunteers, who have parenting experience themselves, can offer time for listening and talking, help with the children, a break for parents, practical help and reassurance, a chance to meet other parents in similar situations and support to use local services and resources.
Parents ask for Home-Start's help for all sorts of reasons. These may include feeling isolated in their community, having no family nearby and struggling to make friends, finding it hard to cope because of their own or a child's physical or mental illness or struggling with the emotional and physical demands of having twins or triplets - perhaps born into an already large family.