Home-Start Greenwich


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 on the current things going on

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


General Enquries

Oak House,
71, Barnfield Road,
SE18 3UH

0208 317 4298


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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.


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. All Early Years settings are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with a Special Educational Need/s and or disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen.

The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents/carers to see clearly what services are available to support children with SEND in the setting and the procedures they can follow if they have any concerns about their child’s development. The following information forms our Local Offer and shows how we provide for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

This should be looked at together with:

    1. The Royal Borough of Greenwich Local Offer for children and young people with SEND, which can be accessed via the following link:

    Local Offer

    2. The setting SEND Policy, which can be accessed via this link:

    View Policy


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:

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


    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

    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

    Trip with the DLR to Mudchute Farm

    February Half-term Trip with the DLR to MUDCHUTE FARM

    Meeting point:
    Woolwich Arsenal DLR Station @ 10am sharp

    FREE travel on the DLR. Please book a space with your local Homestart Greenwich children centre reception. Priority given to under 5’s, older siblings welcome! Registration for the trip places will be subject to family’s home address, family’s have to live in the Homestart Greenwich Children Centres catchment area.

    Family Workshops

    Sing & Play 2-5 Yrs

    @ Glyndon Community Centre

    Circus Skills

    Learn through play for 2-5’s

    @ Plumstead Children's Centre

    Children's Disco

    @ Slade Children's Centre

    Interactive story telling

    @ Brookhill Children's Centre

    Messy Play

    Sticky Fingers

    @ Plumstead Children’s Centre

    Fancy Dress Stay & Play

    Starting Solids Sessions

    Click HERE for further information

    Tiny Feet

    Monday's @ Plumstead Children's Centre

    Wednesday's @ Slade Children’s Centre
    10.15am - 11.00am

    Friday's @ Glyndon Community Centre

    Friday's @ Brookhill Children's Centre

    Baby Group

    ESOL Entry Level 1/2

    Starting 15th January 2018 @ Brookhill Children’s Centre
    No Creche Provided

    Weight Management Course

    12 Week Course - 10th Jan - 18th April
    @ Brookhill Children’s Centre

    Activ Tots

    Activ Tots Sessions
    A fun way to learn about natural exercise for pre-school children aged 2 years- 5 years

    Glyndon Community Centre (0208 316 8085)
    Tuesday’s 10am-11am

    Slade Children’s Centre (020 8854 7900 Option 2)
    Thursday’s 9.30am-10.15am

    Plumstead Children’s Centre (0208 836 5252)
    Friday’s 10am-11am

    Please arrive on time.

    Homestart – Greenwich Antenatal Services

    Brookhill Children’s Centre

    Thames Midwife – Antenatal Clinic (Apt Only)
    9.30am – 12.30pm

    Zumba (£2.50 per session)
    Starting 8th Jan 2018 - 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Crèche provided.

    Thames Midwife – Antenatal Clinic (Apt Only)
    9.30am – 12.30pm

    Zumba Class (£2.50 per session) – No crèche provided

    Thames Midwife Antenatal Clinic (Apt Only)
    9.30am – 12.30pm

    Breastfeeding Support Group (Drop-In)
    9.30am – 11.30am

    Bumps, Birth & Beyond – Support for expectant families

    Thames Midwife Clinic – (Apt Only)
    – 1pm-4pm

    Community Clothes Bank
    – Everyday at Brookhill

    Slade Children’s Centre

    Devonport Midwives Antenatal Clinic (Apt Only)
    9.30am – 1.30pm

    Breastfeeding Support Group
    – 10am – 11.30am

    Community Clothes Bank for Toys & More
    – last Friday of Every Month – 1pm – 2pm

    Glyndon Community Centre

    Best Beginnings Midwifes (Apt Only)
    1pm – 3pm

    Thames Midwives Antenatal Clinic (Apt Only)
    9am – 4pm

    Group Antenatal & Post-Natal Clinic ( Apt Only)
    9am – 1pm

    Plumstead Children’s Centre

    Thames Midwife Clinic (Apt Only)
    9am – 5pm

    Community Clothes Bank for Toys & More
    – First Friday of Every Month
    – 9.30am – 10.30am

    Baby Massage

    Come along and learn an effective Baby Massage routine as well as some assisted stretches with songs for your baby. Both the massage & stretches help all baby's body systems, including digestive, respiratory, circulation & immune systems. Many mums say that their baby sleeps very well after the massage! Specially recommended for C-section, premature & low birth weight babies

    Thursday 11th Jan – 8th Feb 2018
    Ideal for parents with babies 1-6 months old
    10am – 11am
    @ Glyndon Community Centre
    Limited places book now on 020 8316 8085

    Thursday 15 March – 5 April 2018
    Ideal for parents with pre-crawler babies
    12pm – 1pm
    @Slade Children's Centre
    Book now on 020 8854 7900 option 2 (Places limited)

    Tikido Martial Arts Academy

    Bright Start Nursery

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


    Music Therapy for 2-5 year olds

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

    Wednesday's @ Glyndon Community Centre

    Thursday's @ Slade Children’s Centre

    Autistic Inclusive Meets/A.I.M.

    Mother & Babies Services

    Special Children Group

    Thursdays 10-12am (Jan 12 to Feb 9 2017)
    The Slade Children’s Centre, SE18 2QQ


    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


    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

    Our Partners

    Some of our partners and sponsors who we support and who support us

    Professional Property Services

    A team of experienced and friendly staff specialising in providing a helping hand to busy mums and dads around London.


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