Home-Start Bracknell Forest


Support and friendship for families

Home-Start Bracknell Forest

Support and friendship for families

Are you a Parent in need of Support?

Home-Start Bracknell Forest may be able to help by offering you support from a home-visiting volunteer, a place at our weekly family group, or both.  To be eligible for our help you must:

  • live in the borough
  • have one or more pre-school children
  • are in need of a little extra help

There are many reasons why you may choose Home-Start.  Perhaps you are:

  • feeling isolated, maybe with no family nearby or struggling to make friends
  • suffering with post-natal depression and maybe finding it hard to talk to anyone about it
  • having a hard time coping with your child’s illness or disability
  • affected by the death or serious illness of a family member
  • struggling with emotional and practical demands of twins, triplets or children under 5
  • finding it hard to cope with relationship difficulties
  • feeling exhausted or depressed
  • coping with your own illness or disability

A carefully selected and trained volunteer, who has parenting experience can visit you regularly for 2 hours a week in your own home. Our volunteers are there to offer emotional and practical support. Our support is confidential, flexible and responsive to your needs and can include:

  • being a listening ear
  • adult company
  • helping and playing with your children
  • giving reassurance
  • helping you to find out about and access other local amenities and services
  • giving encouragement and motivation
  • giving practical help

Families who had support say…..

“I had just had a traumatic birth and couldn’t get out.  After all the visitors had gone, I felt the world was closing in and I was losing my mind.  Then Home-Start came along; I got a volunteer and came to the group and had a place to socialise and feel ‘normal’ again.  You saved us, so thank you!”

If you are a parent looking for support, please phone us on 01344 860025 or visit our Contact Page to send us a website enquiry.

Our Family Coordinator will arrange to visit to discuss what issues your family is having to deal with, what support is needed and how we may be able to help you. Home-Start Bracknell Forest is an independent and confidential volunteer service – we only support you at your request.

More about referrals

Next: Family Group