Home-Start Guildford


Support and friendship for families

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Welcome to Home-Start Guildford

Welcome to Home-Start Guildford


Number of children supported


Number of families Supported


Volunteers supporting families

Being a parent, whatever your situation, can be very difficult at times, especially when children are young. Many parents feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the stresses of family life, particularly if they have little support from family and friends, just when they need it most.Home-Start Guildford supports parents who have at least one child under 5 years and who are dealing with issues such as:    

  • Isolation
  • Mental Health
  • Sickness
  • Disability
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Multiple Births
  • Difficult Relationships


For some parents it’s a real struggle because they also have to cope with difficult situations like post-natal depression, illness, disability, relationship issues or multiple births.

A carefully selected volunteer who has parenting experience will regularly visit a family in their own home, offering emotional
and practical support through difficult times.  This parent to parent support is a simple yet effective way of giving hope and
enabling families to get back on track.

The statistics given above relate to our work over the last year April 2017 to March 2018.


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Do you feel you need support?

Are you having difficulty coping with the stresses of life bringing up a young family? If you live in or around Guildford and have at least one child under five, we may be able to help.

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Interested in becoming a volunteer?

Through home visiting volunteers support local families whom are facing a variety of difficulties, including loneliness and isolation, ill health, post-natal depression, disabilities and bereavement.

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Information for Referrers

Any family with at least one child under the age of five years old may be referred to Home-Start Guildford for support if they are going through difficulties.

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Latest News and Events from Home-Start Guildford

Please view our May Newsletter.  In the section below we have put the last six news items from Home-Start Guildford. Simply click on the title of the news item or image if one is present, or click on the Read More… link at the end of each summary. The news item will open in a new page. To see all of the news including older items please visit our News page.

Penningtons Manches Charity of the Year

We are delighted to have been chosen as Pennington Manches LLP Guildford's Charity of the Year. Wendy and Jan joined them at their bake sale yesterday, meeting members of staff and enjoying the delicious cakes. We're very much looking forward to working with them over...

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Welcome to our New Volunteers

April, Congratulations to our new volunteers who have just completed their course and awarded their certificates. Pictured here with Hugh Shanks (Chair) and Lorraine McDonald (Scheme Co-ordinator) both on the left.

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Surrey Music presents Life is a Song

Surrey Music presents Life is a Song Saturday 16th June 2018, 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford From powerful and poignant to soulful and sprightly, the 200+ voices of Elmbridge Choir and Elmbridge Ladies Choir presented a rousing choral compilation in aid of...

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Golf Day at Effingham Golf Club

A very successful event which enjoyed lovely sunny weather.  60 golfers enjoyed the course, dinner in the Club House and an auction of varied and exciting lots.  Just over £14,100 was raised which was a terrific result.    Pictured here with Home-Start volunteers Ruth...

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Guildford County Club – Car Rally

19th April 2018 Guildford County Club  - 14 teams left on a car rally to Germany in cars bought for under £500.  We are one of the lucky charities they raised money for and we were delighted to be given a cheque for over £7,000 towards our...

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