Home-Start Manchester’s additional services
Working in local communities since 2004, Home-Start Manchester supports families across the city of Manchester
All Home-Starts offer locally trained parent volunteers to provide emotional and practical support to families in their own homes. However each individual Home-Start offers a range of additional services/support groups and activities for parents and their children.
Asylum Seekers and Refugee Project
Home-Start Manchester runs a specific project working with asylum seeking and refugee families across the City, recruiting volunteers who have journeyed the asylum process and now have refugee status. Families are supported as near to their arrival in Manchester as possible. The project is supported by GM Immigration Aid Unit, who provide expert advice and training for volunteers.
Support for complex families
For families with more complex needs, Home-Start Manchester provides paid support workers who offer more intensely focused intervention with families.
Home-Start Manchester are part of the ‘Big Manchester Partnership’, working with Barnardos, Manchester Women’s Aid and CGL to provide volunteer ‘step down’ support and a monthly parent support group to families where there are issues around mental health, domestic abuse and/or substance mis-use. This project also provides a ‘Parents to Volunteers’ programme which is a bridging programme for parents to explore volunteering when their support has ended.
Parent Infant Mental Health
This project is run in partnership with the CAMHS pre-school service ‘CAPS’ and Health Visiting teams and involves offering additional training and support to volunteers to enable them to support families with children in the 0-2 age group. The project supports families where there may be mild/moderate mental health issues, such as post-natal depression or depression and anxiety, or where parents are concerned about their ability to form a positive relationship with their infant. Support is offered in the home at any point from pregnancy onwards. Volunteers benefit from additional training on child development and attachment theory and learn how to support parents to understand and respond to their infant’s needs from the earliest stage. Additional support and supervision is provided to volunteers on this project.
Woodville Children’s Centre
Tel: 0161 721 4493
Registered Charity number 1105353
The Four Home-Starts across Greater Manchester are :-