NHS England announce new maternal mental health hubs

Home-Start welcomes new hubs but says more must be done to support the mental health of women and families during the perinatal period including more resource for community practitioners and the volunteer workforce. Read more

Home-Start welcomes the Start for Life Review

Home-Start is urging the government to make tangible commitments to parents following the publication of their 'Start for Life' review into the first 1001 days of a child's life. Read more

600,000 babies born in lockdown are overlooked

Home-Start has joined other leading children's charities to appeal to the Government on behalf of the 600,000 babies born in lockdown to extend the COVID catch-up funding to younger children. Matching the amount given per school-aged child would deliver £117m for the babies born since the first lockdown began. #WhatAboutUs Read more

Rapid relief for families hit hard by the pandemic thanks to John Lewis and Waitrose

One year into lockdown, families have been hit hard by the pandemic. Thanks to our ongoing #GiveALittleLove partnership with John Lewis and Waitrose, a rapid Covid relief operation is in place, providing much needed support. Read more

Pandemic increases mental health risks for new and expectant mums

A new report from the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, which Home-Start is a member of, exposes the increased mental health risks on new and expectant mums as a result of the pandemic. Read more

A week in the life of a Home-Start volunteer

When Covid-19 struck, Home-Start volunteers had to adapt the way they work with families. Read Susan's account of a typical week helping families during the pandemic. Read more

John Lewis donates warm clothing to thousands of Home-Start families

As part of the ongoing 'Give A Little Love' partnership, Home-Start will receive 5000 items of warm clothing from John Lewis to help struggling families cope in the freezing temperatures. Read more

New research shows half of parents of under 5s are struggling to cope

Home-Start has joined other children's charities in calling for more support for parents and encouraging the public to do a 'little good deed' for someone they know. Read more

Home-Start Scotland calls for political parties to stem the rising tide of child poverty ahead of elections

Home-Start Scotland has joined the End Child Poverty coalition in their call for all political parties in Scotland to commit to action to stem child poverty ahead of the upcoming Holyrood elections. Read more