Requests for Services – Get Help
Families are usually introduced to Home-Start by someone such as a Health Visitor, Social Worker, Midwife or Family Worker, but you can contact us direct as a self-referral.
If you are professional can we plesase ask that you have the Family’s permission before you contact us, then download the Referral Form attached below and email it to us.
Within a few days one of our Coordinators will then get in touch with the Family directly, tell them about Home-Start Leeds, explain how we work and arrange a convenient time to visit them at home.
During the home visit our Coordinator will explain to the Family more about the support we can provide, answer any questions the Family may have and explain what will happen next. If the family confirms they would like to have one of our Volunteers visit them regularly, the Coordinator will look to identify a suitable Volunteer and then arrange to introduce the Volunteer to the family.
How to Request Support
If you have any questions about our services or want more information about how we can help please call 0113 244 2419 and ask to speak to one of our Coordinators or you can email us at [email protected] with your contact details and we will get in touch with you.
If you are a professional wishing to refer a family you can complete our Request for Service Form and return to [email protected]
Some of our Services
Parent to Parent
We are currently accepting referrals for Families based City Wide in Leeds who need support to:
- Improve child’s behaviour- build resilience and coping strategies, bonding with parent, enjoy play, social interaction with peers and other adults.
- Reduce isolation through volunteer support to enable access to social activities and health appointments.
- Improve child’s health and wellbeing to include healthy eating and exercise, self-awareness
Families are encouraged to develop independence through Volunteer support.
Parent to Parent is looked after by Hannah, Kacie and Michelle.
Parent to Parent is funded by the Big Lottery Community Funding.
To promote and support the importance of early attachment by educating and empowering families who feel low in mood, stressed following a birth of their baby.
Perinatal is looked after by Hermeet and Jade.
Perinatal is funded by Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service.
Home-Start Leeds has been comissioned to develop and deliver a Doulas Service for Leeds.
The service will support Mum 6 weeks either side of baby’s birth – the service will be referral only through Leeds Maternity Services.
Leeds Doulas is looked after by Nicola.
Leeds Doulas is funded by NHS Leeds Clinical CCG (and its successor organisation NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Car Board)
Launched in January 2023 our new service supports:
- Kinship Carers – non-parents including Grandparent, Siblings and Friends looking after non-birth children
- Reunification Parents – parents being reunified with their children after a period of time in Kinship or State Care.
Family Ties is looked after by Clare and Rachel
Family Ties is funded by Reaching Communities Lottery Funding
Dad Matter Leeds
Dad Matters Leeds supports Dads to have the best possible relationship with their families. We aim to:
- Help Dads have positive relationships with their families
- Support Dads with their wellbeing and mental health
- Encourage Dad’s participation in services traditionally targeted for Mums Provide peer support for Dads
Part of Dad Matters UK we work closely with professionals within Leeds and nationally to better support Dads in the first 1001 days of their parenting journey providing this through a “Universal Offer” and supporting Dads to access
- Antenatal and Postnatal classes/groups for Dads
- Outreach services/drop-ins at maternity centres and community venues; and
- Provide 1:1 peer support to Dads.
- Signpost and support Dads to access services and information to help make sense of being a Dad
- Support with anxiety, stress and mental health awareness
Dad Matters Leeds is looked after by Darren
Dad Matter Leeds is funded by the Leeds Community Foundation.
Dad Matters Calderdale
Launching August 2023
Dad Matters Calderdale will support Dads to have the best possible relationship with their families.
The service has the same aims and ‘Universal Offer’ of our Leeds based service.
Dad Matters Calderdale will work across the Calderdale Council geographic area in the community, Family Hubs and Maternity Services.
Dad Matters Calderdale is looked after by Matthew
Dad Matter Leeds is funded by the Calderdale Council.
New Start supports Leeds parents during pregnancy when there are concerns in relation to the care, safety and well-being of the infant, particularly those subject to a ‘Child and Family Pre-Birth Assessment’.
This is a referral only service. If you are a professional please complete the Referral Form.
New Start is looked after by Nicola & Michelle.
We are currently not funded for this work but can support those needing a ‘Child and Family Pre-Birth Assessment’ through our other service provision.
Young Parent Care Leavers
Our support helps build independence after leaving a care setting. Supporting young parents to parent effectively through positive role modelling from our volunteers.
Encourage young parents to access other services to help them along their parenting journey.
Young Care Leavers is looked after by Michelle.
We are currently not funded for this work but can support Young Parent Care Leavers through our other service provision.
Here are some experiences from families supported by us
Mum’s social worker recommended Home-Start as she was struggling in lock-down with a new baby. “The Home-Start co-ordinator was lovely, so happy and bubbly, it made me feel happy”.
During Covid, Home-Start have provided a range of support including computer tablets and phone calls. The tablets enabled mum to have some “human interaction”. This was especially useful in the first lock-down.
Feedback from parents supported during the pandemic included “Home-Start are like angels”, “They were there when I needed them”, “We never knew about Home-Start before and they do amazing work, having volunteers and helping out in any way they can”, “I hope Home-Start would always be around to support families in Leeds”.