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Project information

Supporting families in Banburyshire

To try to ensure that every family gets the help they need to give their children the best possible start in life, Home-Start volunteers will support vulnerable parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links with the local community.

September 2010 - September 2015

Charity information: Home-Start Banbury & Chipping Norton

Home-Start Banbury & Chipping Norton logo
  • Need


    Families with young children may face a range of difficulties including loneliness and isolation, post-natal illness, domestic violence, poverty, inadequate housing, disability, multiple births and family breakdown. A helping hand and a sympathetic ear can be enough to enable them to get through a difficult time without their children suffering.


    Home-Start volunteers will visit families (referred by Health Visitors, Social Workers or other agencies) every week in their own homes, offering friendship, emotional support, practical help and advice on parenting practice. Volunteers are committed and caring people who are all parents themselves or have experience of bringing up children. They are trained according to a nationally agreed framework and are supported by staff working from a local office.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support every family that is referred to Home-Start in Banbury and the surrounding area.


    » Home-Start will recruit and train a further 12 volunteers to visit vulnerable families.
    » Home-Start will match volunteers to families and monitor and review the support offered to a family by each volunteer.

    What success will look like

    Success will be when we no longer have a waiting list and Health Visitors and others can refer families with confidence that we will be able to support them.

  • Impact


    Home-Start's work is essentially preventative, helping to prevent crisis and breakdown, and is therefore difficult to quantify. But family support is carefully monitored and evaluated, and at the end of Home-Start's support over 90% of families say that their lives have improved and that they are coping better with family life. Children with a stable and happy family life begin school with higher expectations of successful educational outcomes.


    One risk could be lack of volunteers coming forward: but we are ensuring a steady flow of publicity in our local paper and have a waiting list at the moment.
    Another could be the lack of adequate funding to carry on: our funding committee is working hard to raise the funds we need.


    We will report to donors as each donor requests, but in every case they will receive our annual report and accounts, which show the number of families supported each year and gives some feedback from the families that we have supported.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 recruitment recruitment and advertising, interviewing potential volunteers
      £9,500 training & support Initial training of volunteer
      £1,500 travel expenses mileage
      £1,260 office costs heating etc
      £1,820 sundries stationery, phone, insurance, fees
      £7,920 family support Liaising with referrers, assessment of families, review, monitoring and evaluation of family support
  • Background


    Banbury is a generally prosperous town in the north of Oxfordshire, but has one of only two districts in the county which are 'black spots' according to the indices of deprivation. Families living in the villages around Banbury can suffer rural isolation and lack of access to services.


    Many families with young children are overwhelmed by the demands of family life, especially if there are underlying problems such as post-natal depression or disability. Parents and children will benefit from Home-Start support, which will enable them to enjoy family life more.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Home-Start provides a unique service, visiting families in their own homes. Home-Start support is tailored to the needs of the family and can continue for as long as it is wanted or needed. The scheme has a proven track record of over 20 years of providing high-quality support to families and is trusted by Health Visitors and Social Workers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Christine Yarborough

    Christine is the senior organiser with considerable experience in assessing families, recruiting volunteers and matching them to families.