The earliest years make a big difference. Home-Start Wessex helps to make those years count, so no child's future is limited.
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.
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.
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.
Home-Start Wessex is extending its reach to support families in West Dorset as sister organisation Home-Start West Dorset was forced to close its doors. In a statement on its website, the West Dorset charity announced: “It is with great sadness we announce the closure of Home-Start West Dorset. As an…
We are thrilled to announce Home-Start Wessex is now the nominated charity at Tesco Ferndown's charity book stall! We're collecting book donations to stock the stall, so if you have any you're looking to pass on, please consider donating them. Each book purchase goes towards our vital cause, so it'd…
We would like to thank The National Lottery Community Fund and National Lottery players for supporting us to run our project to empower local vulnerable families to recover and rebuild together. Their funding helped us to support a record 402 families last year, transforming the lives of children under 5…
Acts Fast visited our volunteers to share the work they do supporting families impacted by child sexual abuse, sexual assault and indecent images of children. Working alongside other organisations allows Home-Start Wessex to signpost where appropriate to strengthen the support system surrounding families who may be struggling with a number…
As a friend of Dorset Tea, Home-Start Wessex has been invited to join the community beach clean this Saturday 7th October on Swanage Beach. Dorset Tea are joining forces with their charity partner the Marine Conservation Society. They’ll be spending the day on Swanage Beach collecting litter to stop it from…
We are a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under five. 💜