Get Support

If you live in North Dorset, have at least one child under five and feel you would benefit from the support of a volunteer, please contact us. Once we have received your referral we aim to match you with a volunteer within 4-6 weeks.

Our organiser carefully matches specially trained volunteers with first hand parenting experience who then visit families in their own homes.  They can offer:

  • Support, friendship and practical assistance
  • Reassurance to parents that their childcare problems are not unusual or unique
  • Encouragement to strengthen parents’ confidence for the well-being and benefit of their children
  • Encourage parents to put the fun back into family life
  • Help to increase the independence of families
  • Precious time for listening and talking
  • Help with the children
  • A break for parents
  • Support to use local services and resources

Home-Start support is free, confidential and non-judgemental.  The only criteria needed for a referral to our services is that you have to have at least one child under the age of five.  All our staff and volunteers are DBS checked.

If you would like to refer yourself, or someone you know, to our service, please contact us.

Information for Professionals

In any local community Home-Start will be one of several organisations working with families and we value our relationships with other agencies. Since Home-Start is a voluntary organisation it can offer a flexible approach to individual families and can be particularly successful with difficult to reach families.

Home-Start support is not a substitute for professional services but complementary to them, and the best results are achieved through an active partnership between professionals and Home-Start.

Who can refer families to Home-Start?

Home-Start North Dorset is committed to providing a safe, efficient and responsive service to local families with at least one child under five. Referrals are accepted with the consent of the family. The range of referrals or self-referrals accepted is not limited, except where the resources available are not adequate to meet the number or complexity of cases. We try not to keep waiting lists and like to keep you informed at all times.

Dowload a Referral Form and a copy of our Referrals Policy and Procedure here.

The main referrers to Home-Start are health visitors and professionals in the social care and early years’ sectors. Others include GP’s and those working in the fields of mental health, education and probation. Families can also self refer.

If you would like to refer someone to Home-Start North Dorset, please contact us.

Registered Office: Office 2, The Exchange, Old Market Hill,
Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 1FH.