Home-Start Medway provides a unique service for families, recruiting and training volunteers to support parents with young children at home.
In 2014-15 Home-Start Medway supported 176 families with the help of 90 volunteers. Of the 176 families, 111 had home-visiting support and 60 received a co-ordinator visit and ongoing support. 5 families' needs were referred to a specialist agency that best suited their needs. 7 families received money management and debt guidance. 6 families received free energy advice. We helped put food on the table for 41 people who would otherwise have gone hungry (Foodbank). 40 families received a Christmas gift box, 12 families received a Christmas food hamper and 25 families received Christmas gift parcels.
Home-Start Medway opened in 1987, 14 years after the original Home-Start began in Leicester. Across the UK, there are over 250 Home-Start schemes. Home-Start Medway is an independent charity which adopts the Constitution, Standards and Methods of Practice of Home-Start UK.
Home-Start Medway is based in Gillingham and covers the whole Medway area.
We are managed by a Board of Trustees who are from the local community and come from a variety of different backgrounds.
We have strong Partnerships with many local organisations and companies which allow us to utilise local expertise to enhance support for families.
We are funded by the Medway Children's Trust.