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Home-Start Bristol 
& South Gloucestershire

There for parents when they need us most, because childhood can't wait

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Are you a Parent in need of Support?

If you are a parent going through a difficult time, Home-Start Bristol may be able to help by matching you and your family with a trained volunteer with parenting experience who can support you through weekly home visits, outdoor meetings and/or telephone support or by offering you a space at a peer support group.

You need to:

  • live in the Bristol or South Gloucestershire
  • have at least one child under the age of five
  • be in need of extra help

There are many reasons why you may need a Home-Start volunteer.

Perhaps you are:

  • feeling isolated, maybe with no family nearby and struggling to make friends
  • suffering with post-natal depression and finding it hard to talk to anyone about it
  • having a hard time coping with your child’s illness or disability
  • struggling with the demands of twins, triplets or children under 5
  • finding it hard to cope with relationship difficulties
  • coping with your own illness or disability
  • in financial hardship or poor housing

How we help

Our trained volunteers are there to offer you whatever help you need. Our support is confidential, flexible and responsive to your needs and can include:

  • being a listening ear
  • friendship and emotional support
  • helping and playing with your children
  • giving encouragement and motivation
  • giving practical help 
  • parenting strategies

If you are a parent looking for support, please complete a self-referral form or phone us on 0117 9501170. The form is simple, you can complete it yourself or if you need help ask us or get someone else such as your GP or health visitor to do it for you. The information you provide will help us make sure the support you receive meets your family’s needs.

Once we receive your completed referral form, we will contact you to arrange to visit or phone call you to discuss what support is needed and how we can help you.

What Families Say

It has been so nice to know that on a Wednesday afternoon I have 5 minutes to be distracted, to chill and talk. I always feel happier when I finish on the phone to Sally


The routine of knowing S, my volunteer, was coming worked well for me. I really appreciated the fact that she was a volunteer and supporting me in her own time.’


Our volunteer from Home-Start is invaluable, we look forward to our weekly visits which bring a welcome break for me and much needed support during difficult times”


Downloadable documents

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We are proudly supported by

Bristol City Council