“Home-Start have been a great support and help for my family. Having three young children and my eldest with additional needs means that family life can be very demanding, and even more stressful due to the Covid pandemic. Home-Start have been there to listen to my concerns and offer my family any help we need.”
Home-Start Rochdale with family support in Bury
Working in local communities since 2000 Home-Start Rochdale currently supports families across Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale and the Pennines.
Home-Start Rochdale’s additional services
Supporting families with children up to the age of 12yrs.
Home-Start Rochdale works with families with children up to the age of 12, which is a development from its core offer of working with young families where at least one child is under the age of five.
Home-Start Rochdale Autism and ADHD Support Service
They run targeted support groups for families affected by Autism- which includes home visiting, group support sessions for parents and a separate sibling support group.
Parent Infant Mental Health (Rochdale)
This project is delivered in partnership with HMR Early Attachment Service 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.
High 5 and “I’m Ready for School” Project
Home-Start Rochdale plays a key role in contributing to the Rochdale School Readiness Strategy and the 1001 Critical Days. Volunteers provide a wealth of fun activities with children and their families, linking to the early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and helping to improve communication and language, personal and social development, literacy, maths, understanding of the world. Volunteers work alongside Children’s Centres and Health Visitors, to help improve positive outcomes for all children.
Swap Shop Service
Parents can bring along a small item they no longer require and swap this for items they need such as clothes, household equipment, toys, safety equipment. Volunteers support the families emotional wellbeing whilst attending the swap shop, taking time out for a brew, chat and signposting to other services.
In addition to volunteer support, extra help can be provided from a Support Worker, who help families with more complex needs.