Home-Start Volunteer Home Visiting program is an award winning service which trains local volunteers and introduces them to parents with babies and small children who are struggling and need some practical and emotional support. The families may be dealing with mental illness, physical illness, disabilities, isolation and loneliness, trauma, or have left domestic violence and have no family or friends close by to give them a helping hand.
Home-Start volunteers are matched with a family, who they home visit every week and the relationship is supported by the professional Family Worker/Coordinator.
Home-Start Volunteer Home Visiting program receives no funding from Government, and is very keen to develop new corporate partnerships.
Home-Start has 29 years’ experience in home visiting with vulnerable and disadvantaged families.
*In September 2018, Home-Start National was announced as a Finalist in the a HESTA Community Sector – ‘Outstanding Organisation’ Prize. The winner will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 29th October 2018.
*In August 2018, the Home-Start Volunteer Home Visiting program was nominated for an Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award.
*In September 2017, Home-Start received an award for ‘Inspiring Prevention Initiative’ from the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), presented by NSW Advocate for Children and Young People.
Home-Start Volunteer Home Visiting program has also received:
- an award from the National Institute of Criminology for The Prevention of Violence to Women
- a National Child Abuse Prevention Award presented by National Child Protection Council
- Best Practice Award from European Platform for Investing In Children (EPIC) for: Enduring impact, Evidence of Effectiveness and Transferability
- Best Practice in ‘Recruiting, training, supervising and supporting volunteers’ from The Community Solutions Evaluation of Home-Start Schemes in Australia.