Home-Start East Antrim

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Home-Start East Antrim

Home-Start supports families who have at least one child under the age of five, living in Larne, Carrickfergus or Larne.

We support families facing a range of issues including:
• Loneliness and isolation
• Support with everyday parenting issues
• Multiple births or several pre-school children
• Ill health or disability of a child or a parent
• First time parenting
• Struggling with mental health

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Home Visiting Support

Home-visiting volunteers visit family at home weekly for two hours, offering befriending support, practical help, a listening ear and an extra pair of hands.

They are all parents, grandparents or have caring experience themselves, understand the challenges faced by families with young children and want to help. Volunteers undertake Access NI checks and full training before being carefully matched to families.

Sometime just having someone to talk to makes all the difference!

Group Support

Home Start East Antrim provide a variety of group activities in venues across Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey and Larne including:
• Support groups for new parents including baby massage
• Mums in Mind – positive mental health and well-being group for mums
• Weekly term time family groups (parent and tots style groups with smaller numbers and additional support provided for families struggling to attend groups or feeling isolated)
• Weekly family group tailored for children with additional needs
• Weekly parent carer self-care group, providing peer support for parents caring for a child with a disability or additional needs

To find out more about the support we can offer your family contact us for a chat or check out our Facebook page for more information on times and locations of group support sessions.

Volunteer with Home-Start East Antrim

Volunteers are the heart of Home-Start and we could not provide the service without our amazing team of volunteers. However, we are always in need of additional volunteers to help us, help more local families.

We have a variety of roles available from home visiting, group support, fundraising, administration or why not consider joining our Trustee Board to share your skills.

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