Home-Start Kettering 

Home-Start Kettering Area helps families with children under 11 living within the Borough of Kettering deal with whatever life throws at them. They support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.

Home-Start can:

·         Reduce family isolation and increase social support                         networks

·         Strengthen parent/child relationships

·         Improve parents’ physical health and emotional                                wellbeing

·         Help parents to appreciate the joys of parenting and                        improve parenting skills

·         Improve the home environment

·         Improve children’s health, well-being and development

·         Improve access to health and community services

The benefits of their support include improved health and wellbeing and better family relationships.

They currently only accept referrals for families who are assessed as being at level 2 or below using The Northamptonshire Thresholds and Pathways framework.

They provide one-to-one support for parents:
Their trained Peer Mentor volunteers visit the family’s home for a couple of hours every week. The support is tailored to the needs of the parents and children and usually lasts for up to 6 months. Parents and volunteers often develop a deeply trusting relationship, which can lead to powerful change within the family. All Volunteers must undertake a minimum of 6 weeks training and 4 weekly supervision with a paid worker and are DBS checked and referenced at Enhanced Level.

Their values:

•       They offer families choice

•       They work in partnership – with each other, with families                 and with other agencies

•       They work in a spirit of openness, encouragement and                     enjoyment

•       They are flexible and responsive to the needs of families.

The staff and Trustees of Home-Start Kettering Area are constantly reviewing the support that they offer to vulnerable local families and welcome joint working opportunities.