Refer a family to Home-Start Wessex

Home-Start Wessex’s approach to family support is based on choice, openness, partnership, compassion, and no judgement. The service that we provide is totally free for families, and it is their choice to be supported – on their terms, in the areas that they feel they need help with.

Our overall aim is to create relationships with families (with at least one child under 5) who are going through difficult times, in order to help parents’ increase their confidence, independence and resilience.

We offer 1:1 help in the family home from a trained volunteer, group support at one of our 4 specialist groups and telephone befriending support.

While we are an independent organisation, we rely on our connections with local services in order to reach as many families in need of help as possible. Thank you for your support.

We welcome referrals from professionals or other third parties, with the permission of the family. If you would like to make a referral please select the relevant form.

What professionals say

Home-Start are pivotal to the work we do as they are consistent in their service offer, excellent at communicating to partners and families, provide a service that is not replicated anywhere else, and are specialists in what they do. They are part of the fabric of the community and invaluable to us as a reliable and dynamic service to refer on to. As an aside, the staff are incredible, dedicated, highly skilled and very resourceful.

Health Visitor

I am so pleased Home-Start is there for us – they are an amazing service to refer people to and we hear so many positive outcomes.


Families always benefit from Home-Start intervention as it is practical and emotional support, given at a time when this kind of support is crucial to a family getting back on their feet