Help & Support for Families in

Blaenau Gwent

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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 .....

  • Isolation
  • Sickness
  • Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Twins/Triplet
  • Difficult Relationships


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:

  • Adult support
  • Child specific support
  • Parent and child together delivery

Adult Support

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:

  • The effects of poverty / unemployment on the family
  • Difficulties around maintaining home conditions and maintaining routines
  • Lack of parenting skills or the inability to impose rules and boundaries
  • Health and well-being concerns
  • Isolation and lack of confidence
  • Limited motivation, self-esteem, and aspiration

Adults will be supported to address these issues, or a combination of them, through services provided under the Home-Start Addition programme:

  • Key worker support
  • Volunteer support
  • Groups, events, and activities
  • Skills development service
  • Signposting and support to use other agencies

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:

  • Arts and crafts session
  • Cooking skills
  • Sport
  • Educational / experience broadening visits
  • Team building activities
  • Imaginative play
  • Drama, music, and dance
  • Parent and child together sessions

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.

     

Meet the team


Emma Morgan

Scheme Manager

Telephone: 07484 508 711

Carolyn Regan

Co-ordinator

Telephone: : 07484 508 712

Sarah Bennett

Family Keyworker

Telephone: 07484 508 710

Jen Collier

Family Programme/Skills Officer

Telephone: 07484 529 917

Tracy Colcombe

Finance/Admin Officer

Telephone: 01495 311 619

Board of Trustees

Lynn Clubb - Chair
Susan Price - Vice Chair - Volunteer Representative
Cath James - Treasurer
Wyndham Conniff - Secretary

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