About Us

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Our Mission Statement:

" We are an established trusted voluntary service, supporting the local community working in partnership with parents to empower them to give their children a better future. "

Being a parent isn’t easy and some people need a little extra support. Home-Start Slough is a local charity providing one-to-one support, friendship and practical help to parents of young children in Slough and Burnham.

For the past 20 years, we’ve been offering a unique service of recruiting and training volunteers. All our volunteers are parents themselves and visit and support families in need in their own homes.

Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do, providing practical help, emotional support, friendship and fun to parents struggling to cope with difficulties in their lives and who, for whatever reason, aren’t getting the help they need. Very often we’re the last chance they have.

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Families eligible for support will have at least one child under five and will be suffering from stress and difficulties ranging from mental health issues, physical or mental disability, financial deprivation, family breakdown, single parenting, multiple births, abuse, neglect or isolation.

If families crumble, communities disintegrate and children suffer. That’s why our volunteers work with parents at home to help them cope with the stresses and strains of parenthood so they can be stronger and their children can be happier.

This year, our team of specially trained volunteers became a trusted friend and mentor to nearly 100 families, visiting them in their homes and helping in a variety of ways, such as:

  • being alongside mothers with post-natal depression to help them cope with the changes that come with a new baby
  • helping practically with hospital and other appointments for isolated parents
  • providing an extra pair of hands for harassed and busy mums who are coping with three or more children under school age
  • giving a tired parent a rest by taking the children to a local park
  • being a ‘mum’ to a single parent in need of someone to care about them as well as their children
  • listening to parents with problems and befriend them through tough times
  • helping families who are new to the area to meet new people and feel less isolated
  • introducing parents to support networks that are available locally
  • being alongside a family if they are going through a difficult time where they have children who are in need of child protection
  • helping teach parents how to cook healthy food for their children