Home-Start Seaham recruits and trains volunteers from around Co. Durham, then carefully matches the volunteer with an appropriate family. All of the families we support must have at least one child under five. The volunteer visits the family in their own home once a week. Families tell us what a huge difference it makes to their lives to have that support at a time of need, often describing our volunteers as “a ray of sunshine” or a “life-line”. The best part of our work is to see the children start to thrive again as the volunteer helps the parents work through their difficulties.
We also run a Parent and Toddler Group for those families who are not assessed as needing a one-to-one volunteer but who would benefit from a supportive environment on a weekly basis. This group is held at Christchurch Seaham on a Tuesday morning.
Home-Start Seaham is a local charity which was set up in 2005 in response to an identified need for a support service for Seaham families that was free at the point of access, completely independent and available to all.
Home-Start Seaham is affiliated to the national organisation, Home-Start UK, but we are autonomous and responsible for our own management and our own funding. Home-Start UK provides advice and support through a regional consultant together with a stringent Quality Assurance review process to ensure the scheme operates effectively.
The charity is run by a Board of Directors who are responsible for governance and setting the direction of the scheme and there one full time Scheme Manager and two part-time members of staff, together with a network of trained volunteers who carry out the home-visiting parent support service.
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