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Home-Start North West Kent

We are there for parents when they need us the most,
because childhood can’t wait

 

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Because childhood can't wait

The earliest years make the biggest difference. Home-Start makes sure those years count, so that no child's future is limited

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How we work with you

Being a parent can be lonely, frustrating and overwhelming. Home-Start volunteers work alongside families to give compassionate and confidential support

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Why Volunteer

Home-Start's team of trained volunteers make sure a child's early years count. By volunteering a few hours each week, you can transform the lives of young children and their parents in the community

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Volunteering

Volunteers are central to the work of Home-Start. They provide invaluable friendship, emotional and practical support to parents in need.

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About Us

Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. We are there for parents when they need us the most because childhood can't wait

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Donations

The earliest years make the biggest difference. Home-Start makes sure those years count, so that no child's future is limited.

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How we work with you

Being a parent can be lonely, frustrating and overwhelming. Home-Start volunteers work alongside families to give compassionate and confidential support

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Making a difference in North West Kent

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Number of Children Supported

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Period: 2019 – 2020

Welcome to Home-Start North West Kent

​Home-Start North West Kent offers free, confidential support, friendship and practical help to parents of children under five in Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley and surrounding villages; who are going through a difficult time.

Being a parent, whatever your situation, can be difficult, especially when children are young. Many parents feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the stresses of family life, particularly if they have little support from family and friends when they need it most. For some parents it’s a particular struggle because they are also having to cope with issues such as post-natal depression, their or their child’s illness or disability, isolation or multiple birth.

​A carefully selected volunteer, who has parenting experience themselves, regularly visits a family, in their own home, offering emotional and practical support through difficult times for up to a year it is helpful or needed. We aim to work with families most in need with the volunteers we have on board. This friendly parent-to-parent support is a simple yet effective way of enabling families to get back on track.

Our staff team work to understand the needs of the family and keep in touch to ensure they get what they continue to feel the benefits of our service.  We also train, supervise and check volunteers for safeguarding purposes to ensure everyone is safe.

Looking for the news? we have the latest news at the bottom of this page and for all news and events please visit our news page

Get Support

We work with you to build on your strength and give you the support you tell us you need

Ways to Volunteer

By volunteering a few hours each week you can transform the lives of young children and their parents in the community

Why fundraise for us?

A child’s earliest years are the most important. Home-Start wants to make sure those years count. Can you help us?

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Featured news from Home-Start North West Kent

To see ALL of our NEWS go to this page: News

OUR 31st ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

OUR 31st ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Attended by 60 guests including Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Mayoral parties, Dartford MP Gareth Johnson and Leader of Dartford Borough Council Jeremy Kite. The meeting helped raise our scheme profile As always, various volunteers and parents receiving support...

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The RVT Group’s Easter Appeal

The RVT Group’s Easter Appeal

RVT teamed up with us to provide sweet treats for local families in need over the Easter period, raising £200 which allowed us to buy nearly 100 Easter Eggs! Find out more here Kindly visit our Fundraising Page If you wish to help us too. 

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Cooking Classes

Cooking Classes

Home-Start North West Kent are very excited to be starting a new project of home cooking classes over Zoom for its supported families. We will be supplying all the necessary ingredients to cook a healthy family meal. The one thing we are in need of is cooking...

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We are proudly supported by

 Lottery Community Fund
Beams
Healthy Living Centre Dartford
Dartford Borough Council
KCF
Co-op
John Lewis
Gravesham Borough Council