“Nick being there helped me find out things about being a new dad a lot quicker than if I’d been trying to navigate it all by myself. As a new dad there is so much going on so to have someone guiding you makes a real difference. It relieves some of the stresses and pressures for you.”
Home-Start Trafford began in 1999, extending its geographical reach into Salford in 2012 and then officially expanding further into Wigan and Leigh in 2019. Although part of a national network of Home-Starts, overseen by Home-Start UK, Home-Start Trafford, Salford and Wigan is a locally run voluntary organisation operating as an independent Charitable Company, strategically managed by a Board of Trustees made up of local professional volunteers.
At the heart of our charity is the belief that parents have a key role in creating a secure and happy environment for their children. Sometimes parents need a bit of help, which is where Home-Start comes in. Our families are regularly visited in their own homes by our trained volunteers; all have had experience of parenting and appreciate how hard it can be. Home-Start Trafford, Salford, Wigan (HSTSW) work closely with existing family services in the Borough of Trafford, Wigan and Leigh and the City of Salford.
HSTSW work in partnership with the Midwifery team at Salford University to train local volunteers to provide pregnancy and postnatal support to mums to be. HSTSW also works in partnership with clinical teams to offer an enhanced support service focusing on PIMH (Parent Infant Mental Health).
HSTSW supports over 200 families a year, from an army of over 150 local volunteers.