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Welcome to Home-Start Bleanau Gwent
Having a friend can be one of the most enriching and supportive relationships in a person's life... and it can easily be taken for granted. At Home-Start Blaenau Gwent we value friendship and support
Many parents, desperate to do the right thing to give their children the best start in life, find they are fighting against the odds. What some parents may see as a 'simple trip out to the shops' can seem impossible to others.
Home-Start Blaenau Gwent is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under 5 years of age. Volunteers offer regular confidential support, friendship and practical help to families under stress in their own homes to prevent family crisis and breakdown.
Home-Start Blaenau Gwent supports parents who are dealing with issues such as .....
We can help these parents to feel that the 'impossible' is possible!
We would really like to hear from you if you are interested in getting involved with Home-Start Blaenau Gwent or if you, or someone you know, needs our help.
Home-Start Blaenau Gwent now offer support to children between 5 and 11 years old with our Additions Project...
The Additions project, funded by the Big Lottery, will provide a support service to disadvantagedand at risk families, with children aged between 5 and 11, living in Blaenau Gwent.
The project will provide activities and interventions for both adults and children that aim to help them to overcome a variety of social barriers and issues specific to this age range.
The project will follow a three-pronged approach that ensures the need of the whole family are addressed, and offer support that focuses on:
This element will support parents to make a ‘real’ change and work towards overcoming issues causing instability at home. This in turn will improve and increase their parenting capacity.
Examples of these issues include:
Adults will be supported to address these issues, or a combination of them, through services provided under the Home-Start Addition programme:
Child Specific Support
Primary school aged children whose families have been referred to the provision will be offered the opportunity to attend a variety of groups, events, and activities. These opportunities for socially disadvantaged children will provide them with a chance to improve their confidence, social skills, self-esteem, motivation, and resilience. The achievement of these skills and attitudes is key to the development of a healthy mind and is also a method of reducing isolation and overcoming and coping with adversity in family life.
To support these objectives a wide range of diverse interactive activities will be offered. Although not apparent to the children each session will have an ‘unseen’ social development aim.
Events on offer will include:
HSBG is committed to improving the relationships in family particularly those between children and their parents / carers. To enable this, we will facilitate a variety of activities that encourage family interaction.