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.
Please can we ask that you have the Family’s permission before you contact us.
Firstly we will need the family’s details in order to complete a ‘referral form’.
Within a few days one of our co-ordinators will then get in touch with the Family directly and arrange a convenient time to visit them at home.
When our co-ordinator contacts the Family they will tell the Family about Home-Start, explain how we work.
When our co-ordinator contacts the Family they will explain more about the support Home-Start Leeds can provide, answer any questions the Family may have and explain what will happen next.
If the family then confirms they would like to have one of our volunteers visit them regularly, the co-ordinator will look to identify a suitable volunteer and then arrange to introduce the volunteer to the family.
If the Family would like to have one of our volunteers to visit them then the co-ordinator will look to identify a suitably trained volunteer and make arrangements to introduce the volunteer to the Family.
How to Request Support
If you have any questions about requesting our services or want more information about how we can help then please call 0113 244 2419 and ask to speak to one of our co-ordinators 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]
Please note during the pandemic we continue to follow Government guidelines, visits in the home have been re-established with consent from families and volunteers and risk assessments completed.
Some of our Services
Supporting parents during pregnancy when there are concerns in relation to the care, safety and wellbeing of the infant, particularly those subject to a “child and family pre-birth assessment”.
New Start looked after by Nicola & Michelle.
New Start is funded by Henry Smith.
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 121 volunteer support.
Parent to Parent is looked after by Hannah, Laura 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.
Peri Natal is looked after by Laura G and Laura P.
Peri Natal is funded by Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service.
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 Gayle.
Young Care Leavers is funded by Children in Need.
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 that have traditionally been targeted for Mums Provide peer support for Dads
We are part of Dad Matters UK ; and we will work closely with other professionals within Leeds and nationally to better support Dads in the first 1001 days of their parenting journey.
We provide this through a “Universal Offer” that supports Dads to access the following:
- Antenatal and Postnatal classes/groups for Dads
- Outreach services/drop ins at maternity centres and community venues
- 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 dads 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.
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”.