It’s scientifically proven that the first five years of a child’s life significantly impacts the adults we become. Children raised in a positive, loving, stable family environment are far more likely to have a positive, happy, healthy life.
There are many factors affecting parents’ ability to nurture their children’s needs. Many of which, we derive from our own experiences through childhood. Sometimes these experiences can be improved upon. This is where the Home-Start Norfolk community, through hundreds of volunteers bringing their own lived experience, can give parents the support they need. Home-Start Norfolk’s early intervention support is available for any Norfolk families with children under the age of five. Our mission is to empower parents to develop the skills, knowledge, and resilience to enable their children to thrive.
Katie has suffered from anxiety most of her life, her son Bailey has a debilitating illness and Katie was really struggling. After receiving support from a Home-Start Norfolk volunteer Katie said “There’s no other service like Home-Start because it’s for me as well as Bailey, and that’s the most important thing. I now feel capable of doing stuff that, honestly, I was struggling to do before Amanda came into our lives.”
WHAT’S IN ALL ABOUT?
Home-Start Norfolk works in partnership with parents to offer tailored support to meet each family’s specific needs. Our volunteers complete a comprehensive six-session training course. This combined with their own parenting experience, is what makes our early intervention so powerful. Our volunteers understand the challenges of parenthood. Volunteers visit parents in their own homes. They help them develop their confidence and strengthen their relationship with their children. They learn to cope with their challenges and widen their links within the community. In doing so, parents are empowered to function effectively and independently in their day to day lives, building their own resilience and better lives for their children.
OUR CHOSEN CHARITY FOR 2022
In the meantime, for more information about Home-Start Norfolk – to refer or enquire about volunteering, please visit www.homestartnorfolk.org or call them on 01603 977040 or follow them on social media.