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West Meon Parish Council

Home Start Meon Valley

By West Meon Webmaster West Meon Parish Council

Monday, 25 September 2017


West Meon Parish Council Contributor


Home Start Meon Valley are a family support charity operating throughout the Southern Parishes of Winchester, Knowle, Whiteley and Hedge End. They work with families who have a child or children under the age of 5 who may be experiencing difficulties for a variety of reasons. All kinds of families can find it hard to cope, maybe because of illness or disability or because of a parent’s post natal illness, bereavement or loneliness. At Home Start they support any parent with at least one child under five who asks for help. They recruit and train volunteers to help families with young children. Their volunteers, who are all parents themselves, support other parents by visiting them in their own homes for a couple of hours each week. They provide invaluable practical and emotional support to local families.

Home Start are in the process of piloting an exciting new school readiness project called ‘Big Hopes Big Future’. This involves working with families with children coming up to school age who may have needs around preparing their child for starting primary school. They work with families in their own homes, reinforcing the school readiness skills they are learning in pre-school within a home environment and boosting parents and children’s confidence. They have been working hard to make schools and pre-schools in the area aware of this invaluable project and are keen to expand to more schools and pre-schools across the Meon Valley.

Home Start are eager to spread the word locally about the valuable work that they do in order to reach out to as many families as possible. If you would be interested in becoming a ‘Home Start Ambassador’ which would involve identifying opportunities for them to raise their profile locally and/or raise funds to enable them to expand their reach, please call Francesca Reid on 01329 835936.

Contact Information

Francesca Reid

  • 01329 835936

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