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No, we’re not the people who come out and get your car going on cold mornings!
Home-Start is a national organization linking a network of local groups, all of which are dedicated to helping parents and children through those tough times which can affect any family, by offering advice and practical support. We at Home-Start Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre are committed to offering help in ways that best suit local people.
Home-Start is here to help families who find themselves under pressure.
Our volunteer home visitors give parents support and practical help as they develop the skills and abilities they need to give their children the best possible start in life. We also run stay and play groups, where children can have fun while their parents get to meet and talk together; “Glenys’ Kitchen”, to help you give your children healthy and economical meals; and a variety of other projects, such as “Big Hopes, Big Future” all aimed at helping children get the best possible start in life.
We cover the whole of the Fylde coast and the inland areas behind it almost up to Preston.
In official terms that is Blackpool and the boroughs of Wyre and Fylde. It doesn’t matter whether you are in the coastal towns or in the rural areas. We’ll do our best to be there for you.
You can help as a Home-Start volunteer in a variety of ways
Perhaps as a volunteer visiting a family, supporting them at a difficult time, or as a helper at a Stay and Play group. If that’s not for you then there are a variety of roles available at our charity shop in St. Anne’s or in our other fundraising activities. Click on Volunteerto find out more. Or perhaps you don’t feel able to volunteer but would like to help Home-Start financially. Click on Donate to see how.
We work together with Children’s centres, but offer different things.
Children’s Centres were funded and run by the local authority. Sadly, cuts to funding mean that some of the Centres no longer exist, however the other centres are now part of The Early Help and Wellbeing Service.
We do receive a small grant from Lancashire County Council.
Other than this Home-Start Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre is entirely dependent on grants from other funding organizations, independent trusts, fundraising activities and donations from individuals like you.