Research has proven that millions of parent- child sharing moments in childhood can set up viral brain connections that enable our children to have deeply enriched lives. 90% of growth of the human brain occurs in the first 5 years of life. So the time parents spend sharing and responding positively to their young children will forge connections between brain cells. These connections help our children cope well with stress and emotional situations later in life.
Many issues can impact on parent’s ability to cope and Homestart recognise parenting isn’t always a positive experience and this can have an impact upon their children and their development. Perhaps they are struggling to cope with postnatal illness, a child’s disability, family breakdown or bereavement or maybe they feel isolated and unable to connect with their local community.
How Home-Start Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre can support families.
A home visiting volunteer can help families by reducing family isolation and increase support networks, this may be by attending a parent toddler group with the parents, supporting parents in how to interact with their children to help strengthen parent child relationships.
A volunteer can support if there are issues in terms of the parents physical health by providing practical support and empowering the parent to improve the home environment. Or by providing emotional support by listening to the parents offering support and advice. A volunteer can support parents to improve the children’s health and well-being and development and increase access to health, education and community services.