Project information

Starting Right

Starting Right focuses on supporting families in the early years when children are young to ensure that they get the best start in life. Sometimes parents need extra support to help them through difficult times - such as post natal depression, isolation, family breakdown or illness.

January 2019 - January 2020

Charity information: Home-Start Norfolk

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  • Need

    Need

    If parents face disadvantage they can struggle to give their young children the best start in life. Overwhelming evidence suggests that the first two years of a child's life can have a major impact on their future wellbeing and life chances. Supporting parents in the early years of their children's lives can make all the difference to the future health and happiness of young children as they become young adults. The project focuses in giving families support exactly where it is needed.

    Solution

    Offering one-to-one support enables and empowers parents to feel more confident and more proactive in supporting their children, particularly if parents are affected by mental or physical health problems, feel isolated or anxious.
    We train volunteer mentors, who are all parents themselves, to provide peer support in a gentle and encouraging way, which helps parents to feel more confident in their parenting abilities and able to access support from their community when they need it.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give children the best possible start in life by supporting, educating and empowering parents.


    Activities

    » Trained volunteers will provide weekly home-based support to disadvantaged families for up to 6 months to improve their health and wellbeing.

    What success will look like

    Families are assessed against 14 possible needs such as feeling isolated, mental and physical health, and these are periodically reviewed throughout and at the end of support.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will improve families mental and physical health and wellbeing will enable them to cope better with the challenges of parenthood. Children will have improved mental and physical wellbeing, a more stable environment to flourish and grow.
    By measuring families progress against the needs they identified at the start of support, we can map the journey of improvement families and children achieve.

    Risk

    The project may be at risk if insufficient volunteers are available to support families.
    However as we have a regular programme of recruitment we do not anticipate a problem.

    Reporting

    A quarterly report on the progress of the project will be made available to donors , to include targets information on the number of families supported, % of families meeting their identified needs, and anonymised case studies.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,250 Staff costs Contribution to salary of family support coordinators
      £1,000 Volunteer expenses For visits to families homes
      £750 Staff expenses For staff visits to supported families
  • Background

    Location

    The project will focus on areas of Norfolk with a high level of need such as Great Yarmouth and Norwich.
    Nelson ward in Great Yarmouth ranks the most deprived ward in the county. In Norwich 31% of children are living below the poverty line (Source: Norfolk Community Foundation, Vital Signs 2016).

    Beneficiaries

    The project will benefit around 20 families who have young children under the age of three years. Parents will be improve their ability to cope with their emotional and physical wellbeing, feel more confident and less isolated as a result of the project.
    Children will improve their social, communication and behavioural skills.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 30 years experience of working with challenging families and a good understanding of the best ways to address their individual needs. We have a well qualified and experienced staff team with extensive expertise in volunteer recruitment and training and managing a caseload of families with a range of difficulties. We have an excellent reputation with professional services whose work we complement to other the best support to families.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Rosanne Bulloch

    Rosanne is an experienced family coordinator and ex-volunteer who is passionate about supporting vulnerable families.

£50

Will fund the monthly travel costs of a volunteer supporting a vulnerable family in their own home.

"My volunteer supported me with my MS and a new baby. I just didn't know how I was going to cope after the birth. My volunteer made the world of difference in those early months when I was physically exhausted and feeling low. Her regular visits helped me through those difficult times"

Sally, Home-Start Mum