Parenting can be tough at the best of times. You need friendship, encouragement, reassurance and practical help during the early years when children are young.

Home-Start Richmondshire has volunteers who can provide this friendship and support. They are parents themselves and they will come to your home each week for 2-3 hours to offer practical help and emotional support.


Volunteers are the life blood of Home-Start Richmondshire. There are several ways that you can help us:

  • by supporting a family as a home-visiting volunteer
  • by joining the Management Committee as aTrustee
  • by helping us with fundraising as a community fundraiser


Families can refer themselves or be referred by any professional or service supporting the family.

To be eligible for help from Home-Start Richmondshire, the family must live in Richmondshire and have at least one child under the age of 5.

If you feel you may benefit from Home-Start support, or you wish to refer a family (with their consent) please contact us.

About Us

Home-Start Richmondshire was established in April 2010. It is a grass roots organisation - founded by local people, with volunteers from the local community supporting local families.

Home-Start is not rocket science. It’s not miracle working. It is unique. It is tried and tested over 40 years. It is free, confidential, and it does work.

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Everyone needs a bit of help sometimes.

Sometimes being a parent can be difficult – parents can feel exhausted and overwhelmed by everyday family life and additional stresses such as post-natal depression, illness, disability, separation, isolation or multiple births can make family life even more difficult. If there are no close family members or friends to turn to for help and encouragement it can be even tougher.

We are a charity that helps families with young children. Our friendly and caring volunteers  understand the joys, frustrations and challenges of bringing up children. A volunteer visits a family at home once a week for 2-3 hours offering time, friendship, support, encouragement and practical help for as long as is needed. Our volunteers are all different ages and come from all walks of life but they are there to do one thing – offer a friendly helping hand to parents with young children.

Supporting families for over 40 years.

Home-Start is the UK's leading family support charity and an organisation valued and trusted by families and professionals alike. We want every parent to have the support they need to give their children the best possible start in life. Hundreds of local schemes have been supporting families since 1973 and the breadth of expertise and knowledge gained over the years makes Home-Start what it is today.

Latest News

Home-Start Richmondshire receive Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2020

Home-Start Richmondshire is delighted to accept the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2020.

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