We’re there for parents when they need us the most, because childhood can’t wait.

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We don't judge the person
behind the mask

Home-Start UK's partnership with ITV's The Masked Singer is helping parents share what is #BehindTheMask, so they don't have to pretend everything is OK. We're here for parents so they can share their difficulties and find the support they need. Click here to find out more.....

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Because childhood cannot wait

The earliest years make the biggest difference. Home-Start makes sure those years count, so that no child's future is limited

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How we work with you

Being a parent can be lonely, frustrating and overwhelming. Home-Start volunteers work alongside families to give compassionate and confidential support

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Why Volunteer

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

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Volunteering

Volunteers are central to the work of Home-Start. They provide invaluable friendship, emotional and practical support to parents in need.

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About Us

Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. We are there for parents when they need us the most because childhood can't wait

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The earliest years make the biggest difference. Home-Start makes sure those years count, so that no child's future is limited.

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How we work with you

Being a parent can be lonely, frustrating and overwhelming. Home-Start volunteers work alongside families to give compassionate and confidential support

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Making a difference in West Dorset

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Period: 2020 – 2021

Welcome to Home-Start West Dorset

We are a local independent charity offering friendship, advice and practical support to families who live in West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland. We help parents, with a child under 5, discover or rediscover the joy of parenting. We are self funded and governed but work in partnership with Home-Start UK.

Home-Start is one of the leading family support charities in the UK.

At the heart of Home-Start West Dorset’s work is home visiting volunteer support.

Our volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children

Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues receive the support of a volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home supporting them in the ways they need.

Looking for the news? we have the latest news at the bottom of this page and for all news and events please visit our news page

Get Support

We work with you to build on your strength and give you the support you tell us you need.

Ways to Volunteer

By volunteering a few hours each week you can transform the lives of young children and their parents in the community.

Why fundraise for us?

A child’s earliest years are the most important. Home-Start wants to make sure those years count. Can you help us?

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Latest News from Home-Start West Dorset

Below here we have the last three news items published by Home-Start West Dorset. The latest information is at the top left of the section below, with older information to the right and down the page. To open an item, click on the title, image (if one is present), or the read more link.

To see ALL of the NEWS go to this page: News

January 2022 Update

January 2022 Update

Family Support Organisers  We have just recruited two new Family Support Organisers, one to replace Kelly who, sadly, decided to leave HSWD after 9 years and we have also appointed an additional Organiser. We are pleased to welcome Rachel Folland, who joins us on the...

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HOT NEWS Garfield Weston Foundation

HOT NEWS Garfield Weston Foundation

We have just been awarded a grant of £15,000 form the Garfield Weston Foundation which will go towards our running costs and enable us to provide support to more families.  Our sincere thanks to the Garfield Weston Foundation for their support.

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Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask

Home-Start UK's partnership with ITV’s The Masked Singer is helping parents to share what is #BehindTheMask, so they don’t have to pretend everything is OK. We’re here for parents so that they can share their difficulties and find the support they need. Home-Start UK...

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