“Home-Start have been a lifesaver for me and my mental health, not only practically but emotionally. As well, the contact for me and my children has had an amazing impact on our lives, and I’m thankful for them every day.”
Home-Start Oldham, Stockport and Tameside (HOST) with projects in Bolton and Glossop
Working in local communities since 1998 Home-Start HOST currently supports families in Oldham, Stockport and Tameside.
Home-Start HOST’s additional services
Infant Feeding Peer Support
Offered in Tameside & Oldham. This includes support with breastfeeding which is provided by a mixture of paid and volunteer peer supporters. Support is offered ante-natally and for as long as needed in order to establish breastfeeding. Peer supporters are active on the maternity ward at Tameside General Hospital and in a range of community settings across Tameside & Oldham, including various support groups. Support is also offered through home visits, over the phone and via social media. This is a seven day a week service and is open to anyone in the Tameside or Oldham areas who wants to find out more information about breastfeeding or who needs support to help to get breastfeeding established. Training for peer supporters is provided via a partnership with The Breastfeedinig Network. Anyone interested in volunteering on this project needs to have had experience of breastfeeding.
Parent Infant Mental Health (Tameside & Glossop)
This project is run in partnership with Tameside & Glossop’s Early Attachment Service 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.
Parent Infant Mental Health (Stockport)
Home-Start HOST is in the early stages of developing their Parent Infant Mental Health work in Stockport. Volunteers can benefit from additional training and support as above.
This project is also run in partnership with Tameside & Glossop’s Early Attachment Service but also includes the Child Outcomes Research Consortium. It is funded by the Health Foundation and it builds on from the successful Parent Infant Mental Health work to ensure that Dad is fully considered throughout the perinatal period. This is a time of high risk for poor mental health in fathers and may also be a time where they find themselves caring for a partner suffering with post-natal depression, all of which can impact on the relationship they develop with their infant/child. It is crucial that fathers are included in care and support packages and this new project involves a new course for dads to attend. Over the course of 2017 HOST will also be developing a range of new resources, including a series of films, to highlight the importance of engaging dad in the perinatal period. HOST are particularly interested to hear from male volunteers wishing to get involved with this project.
LENA Speech & Language Project
This project is run in partnership with Home-Start UK and the LENA Research Foundation and is a pilot of a new way of working with volunteers to support the social, emotional and cognitive development of children under the age of three. This project involves using a ‘word pedometer’ which is worn by the child and that counts the number of words and conversations a child is exposed to over a 24 hour period. The findings are then used by volunteers who work with parents to help them to understand the impact of the way they interact with their child and to encourage greater conversations and ‘running commentaries’ throughout the day. Volunteers are given additional training for this project and are asked to visit a family for around half an hour a week for 12 weeks.
Home-Start Oldham, Stockport & Tameside
Tel: 0161 344 0669
Registered Charity number 1135838