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Connections Home-Start is a voluntary home visiting service which offers practical support and friendship to families with children under eight years old.

Home-Start Volunteers offer their time freely; most are parents or grandparents themselves. Volunteers are linked to families on a one-to-one basis to provide support. Home-Start Volunteers can also assist by giving support and friendship on a short or long term basis.

For Volunteers:

What is required to be a Home-Start Volunteer?
» Are you a parent or have parenting experience (grandparent, foster carer)?
» Can you spare two hours each week?
» Like to learn new things and meet new people?
» Are you interested in making a difference in your community?

As a volunteer, your role will involve:
» Providing emotional support and practical help to a local family.
» Help families build a stronger relationship with their children.
» Activities with children.

Volunteers are fully trained and supported by the Home-Start Coordinator and become part of a very important team at Connections.

For Families:
How can your Home-Start volunteer help you?

Volunteers offer:
» Friendship
» Mentoring and practical support
» Help with your children
» Help with attending appointments
» Reading to your children
» Connection to other supporters
» Lessen the feeling of isolation
» Visit once a week for a minimum of two hours
» Help gain confidence in your parenting role

Support is tailored to suit your needs.

If Home-Start can be of assistance, the Home-Start Coordinator will introduce a volunteer to your family. It is up to the family, the volunteer and the Home-Start Coordinator to determine when the visits happen and how long they continue.

The Home-Start Coordinator maintains close links with both volunteers and families.
Self Referrals are welcome.

For Services:
Who can use Home-Start?

Any family with a child under the age of eight who may need some additional support with their parenting and live within the local government area of Yarra Ranges. They may be single mums or dads, or parents with new babies and toddlers.

03 9724 2222

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