More than 1,500 families are being supported by 300 Home-Start volunteers in 16 communities in Northern Ireland.
Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.
Home-Start knows that well-trained volunteers complement the early-years workforce, significantly contributing to the support families receive and enabling them to access services when they are most needed. We are pleased to be involved in Family Support Hubs, working towards a seamless offer of services so that the needs of children and families are not missed.
Home-Start was founded in 1973. The first Home-Start in Northern Ireland was established in East Belfast in 1983.
If you want to find other support available for your family, click here to visit the Northern Ireland Family Support website, a comprehensive database of family support and childcare services across Northern Ireland.
Find your nearest Home-Start in Northern Ireland
One of the most important roles played by a Home-Start volunteer is to help people access local services in their area.
Home-visiting support, delivered by a volunteer in a family’s own home, is at the heart of what Home-Start does.
Shaped by the views of its families All Our Children is a call to put children’s lives at the heart of policy.
In the past year Home-Start supported 1,456 families in Northern Ireland, with 540 people volunteering their time.