About Home-Start Slough

Home-Start Slough is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under five years of age.

Who we are

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.”

Helping families in Slough since 1998

Families helped

Children supported


What we do

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.

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.

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


Areas we cover

We support families living in Slough or Burnham.

“Home-Start raises self-confidence, improves social networks, reduces difficult behaviour on the part of the child and improves mental and physical health” – Every Child Matters Government Green Paper.

Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team are responsible for the delivery of our services and strategy. Together, they ensure we’re here for families when they need us most, that our volunteers are trained and supported and that our service remains effective, reaching as many in our communities as possible.

Anne Gilbert, Scheme Manager

Nafisa Sarwar

Caris Connor

Claire Allison

Sarah Harris

Priya Davis

Alison Bowers

Sarah Doe

Our trustees

Our Board of Trustees, like other volunteers, give their time and experience to make our organisation the best it can be.

Our Board is responsible for setting the direction of our organisation, strategic decisions, governance, legal compliance and leadership. Working closely with the Manager and the staff, Trustees are essential to the operation of our charity.

Anyone interested in bringing their skills and experience to our Board is invited to make contact with our Chair to discuss any opportunities or to express an interest in future vacancies: office@hsslough.co.uk

Lesley Michaelis, Chair

David Ashwell, Treasurer

Karen Olney

Leah Price-Cox

Charlotte Marks

Preetkiran Singh Dhoot

Become a Home-Start Volunteer Today

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


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