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The earliest years make a big difference. Home-Start Wessex helps to make those years count, so no child's future is limited.

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Being a parent can be lonely, frustrating and overwhelming. Home-Start Wessex is there for families when they need it the most, because childhood can't wait.

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Home-Start Wessex is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support. We help families with children under five with practical and confidential support.

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We’ve expanded our catchment following West Dorset closure – click here to find out more.

Welcome to Home-Start Wessex

Following the recent closure of Home-Start West Dorset, with immediate effect we have expanded our catchment to now include all of South Dorset to make sure families and volunteers are not adversely affected. Our services are now being provided across Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, the Purbecks, Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester, Bridport and across into the Wiltshire and Hampshire borders.

For 28 years, we’ve supported local, vulnerable and disadvantaged families with young children through challenging times. Now they need us more than ever.

In the last year we helped a record 402 families, our highest ever with a 63% increase and demand continuing to rise.

We are working hard to keep up with demand and help the local families that need us, but we can’t do this alone. We need your support.

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

Ways to volunteer

By volunteering just a few hours a week you can transform the lives of young children and their parents in your 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?