Home-Start Greenwich

ABOUT US

Since 1993, Home-start Greenwich has been supporting families living in the Royal Borough of Greenwich who need us and have a child in the family who is under 5.

There are times in our life when we all need help and friendship regardless of whether we are rich or poor, settled or transient. Having a young family is a challenge for everyone and if there are additional pressures it can be too much to cope with. It is easy to feel there is nowhere to turn

Turn to us - We can help

With the help of our trained volunteers we can offer support to get you through with encouragement, help, friendship and practical knowledge

Events & Activities News

Check out the ACTIVITIES & EVENTS section for more information

Our Children's Centres

Since October 2014 we also manage Children's Centre services in partnership with Royal Borough of Greenwich

Brookhill Children's Centre

Glyndon Community Centre

Plumstead Children's Centre

Slade Children's Centre


PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES TO THE REGULAR SCHEDULE DURING THE HALF TERM HOLIDAY.


CONTACT US

General Enquries

Oak House,
71, Barnfield Road,
London,
SE18 3UH

0208 317 4298

admin@homestartgreenwich.org.uk

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Family Services

At Home-Start, we understand that being the parent of young children can be a stressful time, especially if you are coping with other challenges as well. It can be hard to enjoy your children and still find time and energy to care for yourself. That's why Home-Start Greenwich was set up.
Families come to us with a very wide range of needs. It could be:

  • Isolation
  • Post-natal depression
  • Coping with toddler behaviour
  • Managing a long-term disability or illness - your own or your child's
  • Stressful life changes such as multiple births, bereavements or relationship breakdown
  • Struggling with financial problems or poor housing.

Whatever the issues you are facing, Home-Start will do our best to help where and when you feel you need it most.

After an introductory meeting, your volunteer will visit you weekly: either in your home or to go on outings or visits with you. In nearly all cases, we find that families and volunteers quickly build up a warm and trusting relationship that has many rewards for both sides. And, if for some reason it doesn't work out, don't worry: we understand that this can happen sometimes, and we'll find you a new volunteer as soon as we can.

A Home-Start co-ordinator will also meet with you regularly to check you are happy with the way things are going, and make any changes if you need them.

When we accept a referral, we ask each family what kind of volunteer they would like, and what they feel they need most help with - then match them accordingly.

All our volunteers are carefully chosen for their friendly, approachable personalities and they have all been DBS-checked.


SEND

Many Early Years Settings have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs/ and or disabilities, and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all children, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress...

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CHILDREN'S CENTRES

A ‘one stop’ shop for families from conception with children under five years old. Whether you are a mother, father, carer, parent to be or grand parent you can access our services.

Our Children's Centres

Since October 2014 we also manage Children's Centre services in partnership with Royal Borough of Greenwich at:

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES TO THE REGULAR SCHEDULE DURING THE HALF TERM HOLIDAY.

What we offer

We work with local partners and organisations to provide a wide range of services, support and information including:

  • Health advice, including Health Visiting, Midwifery, Speech and Language and others
  • Parenting and Family support. Early help with any concerns you may have about your child or other issues. Home visits are available if you would prefer to discuss something more privately.
  • Early learning and links with local registered childminders.
  • Together for Twos – Early Learning Sessions
  • Children’s Centre Teacher and support with transition to nursery or school, also ensures high quality provision in our groups.
  • Information and advice, including links with Families Information and Outreach Service
  • Services for children with additional needs
  • Support and help to move you to move back into training or work, including links with the Employment Development Manager from Royal Borough of Greenwich
  • Information and advice on Benefits and tax credits, through our partners
  • What you can expect from us:

  • A warm welcome to all families on arrival
  • A safe, fun, supportive and inclusive environment for all
  • To make a positive difference to children and families’ lives
  • Opportunities for parents and children to feel valued and respected
  • Opportunities to encourage parents/carers to get involved and have their say
  • Our Centres are used by a very diverse community, representing different cultures, religious beliefs, disabilities and different family structures. We expect centre staff and all users to treat each other with respect and show consideration for other users and staff members at all times.

    What we expect from you whilst using the Children’s Centre:

  • You remain responsible for your children at all times when a crèche is not provided
  • Switch off/turn silent your mobile phones
  • Follow our Healthy Eating policy we do not encourage fizzy drinks, sweets or crisps
  • Show consideration for other users and staff members
  • Do not swear, shout or use abusive language to your child or others
  • Follow our no smacking policy and take advice from the disciplining your children leaflet
  • Do not smoke whilst on or near the premises
  • Our Centres are used by a very diverse community, representing different cultures, religious beliefs, disabilities and different family structures. We expect centre staff and all users to treat each other with respect and show consideration for other users and staff members at all times.



    Refer a Family

    We will welcome your referral of a family in need of our support. However, all the referrals we receive are assessed and a decision is made as to whether or not we will be able to provide support from a volunteer or through one of our Family Groups in the near future. If it is impossible for us to support the family, you will receive a written response from us within 2 weeks of our receipt of your referral. Most, but not all, areas of Greenwich are covered. Contact us for more information.

    If your referral is accepted a Home-Start Co-ordinator will contact the referred family within 2 weeks and arrange to visit the family within 4 weeks of the receipt of your referral. At this stage we will make one of the following decisions based on available resources:

      1. Immediate support is available and the family will be informed of this
      2. With the agreement of the family they will be placed on our waiting list for a max. of 3 months
      3. The family will be informed that we will not be able to offer any support

    You will be kept informed of all decisions made. Please be aware that we do not knowingly put a volunteer into a household where the perpetrator of physical domestic abuse lives.

    Referral Pack

    Click on a links below for further readling and to download the refferal form

    Information Leaflet

    Family Leaflet

    Referral Leaflet

    Referral Policy

    Further Information

    Referral Form



    Fundraising

    How Can You Help?

    Fundraising is a great way to support Homestart Greenwich. To donate there are a number of options.
    Follow the links below for further information

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    Activities & Events

    Paediatric & First Aid Course

    Ballet Classes

    ESOL

    Baby Print Art

    Special Toddler Football

    FUNtastic

    Tiny Feet

    Activ Kids

    Greenwich Downs Group

    Performing Arts Club

    Footsteps - Tiny Feet

    Introduction to Childcare

    Understanding Your Baby

    Baby Massage Drop-In Sessions


    This group is a follow on, after you have completed a full baby massage course.
    Baby massage is a beautiful and loving way to communicate with your baby and has fantastic benefits for you and your baby.

    • Great way to massage your baby in a relaxed and calm environment
    • Reminder of the massage strokes and the benefits to your baby
    • Meeting new people with young babies
    • The course is run by a Qualified Infant Massage

    To be booked in advance as spaces are limited, either call or email Navneet on:
    07749455779/navneetbabymassage@gmail.com

    Music Lessons for Young People

    Fit Mama Yoga Classes

    Special Children Group

    Autistic Inclusive Meets

    Greenwich Under 5's Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy services

    Childmider's Drop In

    Sticky Fingers

    Plumstead Children’s Centre
    Every Tuesday
    1-3 years old
    1pm – 2.30pm

    Parent Forum

    The Parent Forum has been set up to encourage families who use children centre services to have a say in how services are run and which ones are developed.

    The group works together to represent your views as users of children centre services If you would like to be part of this group and require a crèche place, please contact the centre of you’re choosing

    Baby Group


    Homestart – Greenwich Antenatal Services


    Bright Start Nursery


    For further information please contact Bola or Kerry on: 0208 317 4298
    or Email: nurseryadmin@homestartgreenwich.org.uk

    www.bright-start.london

    Music Therapy for 2-5 year olds

    Wednesday's @ Glyndon Community Centre
    9.30am-11.30am

    Thursday's @ Slade Children’s Centre
    1.30pm-2.30pm

    Fridays's @ Brookhill Children's Centre
    10am - 11.30am

    Mother & Babies Services



    Volunteer

    Could you make a difference?

    At the heart of Home-Start is the belief that parents play the key role in giving their children the best start in life and that other parents have the experience and understanding to support those families who need help.

    Our volunteers are committed and caring people who offer their time freely. They are usually parents themselves and bring with them personal experience, skills and knowledge of the resources available within their local area.

    They are friendly and approachable and can be relied on and trusted by parents to listen without being judgemental, and to respect the needs of each individual family.

    All volunteers...

    Undertake an 8 week course of preparation, which takes place one day a week 9.30am - 2.30pm.

    This fully prepares volunteers for their role and they:

  • Receive lots of support both during the preparation course and after, when they are supporting Home-Start families from a designated co-ordinator
  • Can access additional training and social events throughout the year
  • Receive out of pocket travel expenses incurred whilst volunteering for Home-Start.
  • After 50 hours of volunteering, can be given a reference
  • Volunteer Pack

    If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer, please download the Volunteer Pack from the links below:

    Initial Volunteer Application Form

    V1 VIMS Volunteer Application Form

    V2 VIMS Volunteer Monitoring Form

    DBS Info Collection Form



    Vacancies

    Home-Start Greenwich recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.

    Current Vacancies

    None at this time



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