Home-Start supports parents with young children who are having a tough time through befriending.
Home-Start Reading recruits and trains volunteers from the local community to visit families who have at least one child under 5 years of age in their own homes. The families are going through a tough time and have asked for help. Support is tailored to the individual needs of each family and is provided for as long as the family needs it. Home-Start Reading also organises two family groups in Whitley and the Tilehurst which meet for two hours each week.Why the community needs us
Home-Start Reading volunteers, who are parents themselves, support families at home who may be at risk of social exclusion and who may not engage with other services. Home-Start Reading works in partnership with other local organisations to enhance the support for families.Our impact on the community
As a result of Home-Start Reading's work, families become able to cope better with their difficulties. Families make better use of local services and are less isolated. Through the experience gained, volunteers are encouraged and supported into training and employment. Positive outcomes are therefore achieved by local people for local people.
To support a local family who is struggling due to isolation, post-natal depression, lack of confidence, bereavement, disability, multiple children etc