Support and friendship for families
Home-Start Guildford is part of one of the UK’s leading family support charities Home-Start UK which has 250 schemes in the UK and over 16,000 volunteers who visit families with at least one child under five in their own homes.
Our service is preventative. “It is better to prevent failure than tackle a crisis later and by working with other agencies we often prevent the need for more costly intervention by Social Service.”
Our Vision: “Home-Start wants to see a society in which every parent has the support they need to give their children the best possible start in life.”
Home-Start Guildford was established in 1997, and is based in Burpham, Guildford. Our full-time Scheme Manager leads a team of seven staff (2 full-time and 5 part-time). They run the scheme under the guidance of a board of volunteer trustees and advisers and supported by the national organisation – Home-Start UK.
We run a Family Group at Pirbright Army Base on Tuesday mornings during term time to support service families. The Family Group has been running successfully since 2007.
Our 7 members of staff work closely with a network of over 70 home-visiting volunteers. In the last year for the period 1 April 2017 – March 2018 we supported 178 families and around 300 children in the Guildford Borough including 32 army families at the Pirbright Family Group.
In this Report you will find details of the many Trusts, Foundations, Companies and individuals who have supported us over the year.
In April 2014 Home-Start Guildford became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered charity number 1154609. Prior to this the charity was registered as number 1054644 and the March 2013 accounts are submitted under this number. This last year’s accounts can be located here on the Charity Commision website: Audited Accounts Year 2017
History of Home-Start Guildford
For a potted history of Home-Start Guildford we have prepared a PDF document which you can download from here:
Potted History 2018
The Very Reverend Dianna Gwilliams Dean of Guildford,
Anne Milton, MP for Guildford, Liz Hauck, Diana Jones,
Ruth Jubert BEM, Cllr Jennifer Jordan, Cllr Pauline Searle.
Home-Start Guildford recruits and trains local volunteers and carefully matches a volunteer to visit a family in their own home for two to three hours a week. All of the families we support must have at least one child under five. See our Volunteers leaflet.
Families Tell Us
“The good thing about having a volunteer is having a friend who helps you with the day to day running of the family, able to listen, share and help solve family problems.
“I’ve had lots of dealings with other organisations for my daughter’s needs but they don’t run half as well as this organisation”
“If it hadn’t been for my volunteer, we wouldn’t be a family any more.
“Home-Start never pushed anything on me I always felt things were my decisions I felt fully involved in the support I had”
“Other agencies provide clinical support without the caring, Home-Start provides both the appropriate support and the caring side”
“My volunteer helped me directly through her advice and indirectly rebuilding my self-confident. She helped me to believe in myself and to think positively to tackle even the most complicated problems and to understand my sons without becoming angry.”
“The help and support I’ve received is honestly worth its weight in gold.”