Home-Start are in Ashton Arcades this weekend promoting the work they do and hoping to inspire shoppers.
Home-start are the Tameside, Oldham and stockport charity supporting families with a child under 5, helping parents build better lives for their children through volunteer support
Parents ask for Home-Start's help for all sorts of reasons, feeling isolated, have no family nearby and struggling to make friends, finding it hard to cope because of their own or a child's illness or disability, hit hard by the death of a loved one, struggling with emotional and physical demands of having twins or triplets or perhaps born into an already large family.
Home Start supports any family who needs us, as long as they have at least one child under five. There is no 'typical' Home-Start family, there families reflect the diverse communities we serve.
There is no stigma attached to Home-Start's help, many families refer themselves to them and it's totally confidential.
After asking for our support you will meet with one of their Co-ordinators who will carefully match you with one of our volunteers. They all have parenting experience, will visit you for a couple of hours a week and give you both emotional and practical help. Plus all Home-Start's volunteers have an enhanced level criminal records check and undergo training before being matched to a family.
Some of the comments from people who haver used Home Start
"My daughter has come on leaps and bounds. Can't thank Home-Start enough."
"My autistic son had no confidence at home or in school and now he has a lot more confidence at home and school. He is a lot more calmer, and his reading and writing has come along way."
If you need Support? Ring 0161 344 0669