Home-Start Wessex

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About Organisation

Home-Start believes that children need a happy and secure childhood and that parents play the key role in giving their children a good start in life and helping them to achieve their full potential.

Many parents need help, friendship, advice, or support during those early years when children are young. There is no rulebook for raising a family and sometimes it can seem overwhelming, particularly if your family is going through difficult times. We can give you the support you need when you need it and try to help make your day-to-day family life a bit brighter!

If you have at least one child under five and live in Dorset, then we can help. We support parents just like you through our network of specially trained volunteers. They are people who are parents themselves or who have parenting experience – so they know just what you are going through. They will visit you in your own home, usually once a week. You decide what you will do together.

Maybe you need someone to talk to who won’t judge you; a shoulder to cry on or perhaps someone to play with or read to your children; maybe a bit of support to make or keep appointments or someone to introduce you to local activities. You decide.

We also run 2 weekly school readiness groups designed to support 3–4-year-olds starting school in September 2024. These are accessed by referral only, so please do contact us to find out more about how to take part:

  • Monday 10-12 at Leigh Park Children’s Centre, Wimborne BH21 1AP.
  • Tuesday 10-12 at The Centre (Family Hub) Ferndown BH22 8XH

If you are a parent who would like some help, visit our how to get help page. – (link to https://homestartwessex.org.uk/get-help/)

If you are a health visitor, GP or health professional and would like to make a referral, please visit our referrals page to find out more. (link to https://homestartwessex.org.uk/get-help/professionals/)

Please note the location shown is our office and not where we provide support. We are an outreach service and provide support in the family home across Dorset reaching from Lyme Regis to Purbeck. Postcode areas where we provide support are: DT1, DT2, DT3, DT4, DT5, DT6, DT7, DT28, DT29.

Following the closure of Home-Start West Dorset, we have expanded our catchment to now include the areas where they were providing support. Please do get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

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Home-Start Wessex
01202 574 877
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1462 Wimborne Road
Bournemouth, BH10 7AS
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