News & Updates

Enquiries regarding volunteering

Please note, we are still taking enquiries about volunteering for Home-Start Leeds in readiness for when the current lockdown period is relaxed, when it is predicted that there will be an even greater demand for support to parents/carers support from Home-Start volunteer. If you would like to speak to a member of staff please call 07444380281 …

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Update (Home-Start)

It is with great regret that, following government and HSUK advice to minimise social contact, we have taken the decision to postpone our home-visiting support at this time. Instead staff and some volunteers will be offering telephone, email support to families.  Volunteers will continue to receive support from co-ordinators over the telephone, by email or text. In …

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Message from Home-Start UK

Coronavirus will place the greatest strain on families who are already vulnerable, including those already isolated, facing financial hardship and mental health challenges. Home-Starts across the country are working tirelessly to stay connected with families continue to support families remotely when they can’t visit them in person. They are working with community partners to ensure …

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Leeds Mental Wellbeing Partnership

We are working in partnership with other organisations across Leeds and NHS partners to deliver Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service. Home-Start is delivering part of the specialist Perinatal support. Supporting families experiencing perinatal stress, depression, anxiety etc. during pregnancy/infants first 2 years.  The overall service is here to help the people of Leeds get the right support, …

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A recent bereavement on top of post-natal depression and physical health problems this Mum understandably needed our support

Mum made a self- referral to Home-start Leeds after suffering a recent bereavement. Mum has the support of a Community Psychiatric Nurse and The Mount (perinatal mental health service) since the birth of her eldest child. Mum also suffers from ME (chronic fatigue syndrome) and battles with anxiety & depression; often feeling overwhelmed by the …

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Mum’s mental health needs were impacting the family, practical and emotional support helped both mum and dad as they struggled with managing their home

The family (Mum, Dad, 2 children) were referred to Home-Start Leeds by a Stronger Families’ key worker due to the impact of the mum’s mental health needs.   The Home-Start co-ordinator made an initial visit, when both parents were at home, and talked through how Home-Start could help. In the first visit Mum shared a …

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Investing in Volunteers Awarded

CONGRATULATIONS!! Home-Start Leeds have secured the IIV for another 3 years (Oct 2019 – Oct 2022). We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that was involved and a big special thank you to our volunteers who came in and spoke with the assessor. Here are some quotes from some of our …

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Volunteer Journey – Julie

It is a cliche I know, but I have to say that it really has been a privilege to be allowed into homes as a stranger but have left as a friend. I started volunteering with Home-Start Leeds in October 2016. I wanted to volunteer to ‘give something back’ having received support from other agencies …

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New Preparation Courses Starting

Hello Everyone We are now starting our next 2 Preparation Courses in the next couple of weeks. We have the Day Preparation Course beginning Tuesday 1st October 2019 and our Evening Preparation Course will begin on Thursday 10th October 2019. *Preparation Courses run for 15 weeks, once a week for a three hour session. The …

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Volunteer Journey – Rosie

A young Mum of two children was referred to Home-Start by the Stronger Families Key worker.  She was unsure about whether she wanted the volunteer family support service or to become a home visiting volunteer.  One of our Home-Start coordinators visited her at home and explained about the family support service and about what volunteering …

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