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About us

Home-Start Barnet, Brent, Enfield and Harrow is an independent charity that helps families with children through their challenging times. We are part of the Home-Start UK family; a national network of charities working in 71% of local authority areas across the UK.

We support families in the boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Enfield, Harrow and Tower Hamlets who are facing issues such as loneliness, isolation, financial difficulties, anxiety, post-natal depression, ill health, the threat of violence, multiple births, or disabilities. We help them grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and forge links with the local community. 

Since opening in October 1997, we have supported almost 3,500 families (including more than 7,000 children) and have recruited and trained 563 volunteers from the boroughs we work in.   

Our approach

Early intervention can significantly increase a child’s chances of growing up happy and healthy, which in turn helps the wellbeing of their community and lessens the burden on local services.  

Our core work is with families with (at least) one child under five. Trained volunteers visit the family once a week, supporting them in a variety of emotional and practical ways. We also work with families with older children by delivering parenting programmes focussing on strengthening parenting skills, such as positive discipline and confidence.  To see a list of our current programmes, please click here. 

We are:

  • Child-focused – we support parents and carers to deliver the best outcomes for children
  • A whole family approach – we support and empower everyone closely involved in a child’s life.
  • And we encourage an empowerment culture, which runs through every aspect of the organisation.

 

Our referral process

We often receive our referrals from caring agencies, such as a family’s health visitor or social worker. However, we also work with families who have self-referred when things have become too hard for them to carry on as they are.  

Once we receive a referral, our Family Support Coordinators will be in touch with the family and will then match a volunteer to that family. Our volunteers are fully trained and receive ongoing support, so our families feel secure in the confidential support they offer.  

If you feel you need support, please reach out to us using our referral form here.   

If you would like to become a volunteer and help make a difference to a local family, please read more about our volunteer work here 

Our staff

Our staff work alongside our volunteers to offer our services to families. Find out more about what our team members do here.

Our trustees

Our trustees offer guidance and advice on a variety of areas to help keep the charity running. Find out about their areas of expertise here. 

Our vacancies

Find out about opportunities and vacancies we have at Home-Start Barnet, Brent, Enfield and Harrow here.