Home-Start Colchester, Jaywick and Clacton

Home-Start Colchester an independent local charity committed to making a real difference to the lives of local children and families.

Home-Start Colchester is responsive to need, designing support to make a difference and help families remain independent and intervention to support  children to achieve their full potential.

Our Approach

Our Home-Start scheme is rooted into the local community we serve. As an independent local charity we are managed locally. However, we form part of a network of Home-Start charities that align themselves to a tried-and-tested model – that of volunteer home visiting. Through this network our work is supported by the national organisation, Home-Start UK, that provides advice, training, information and guidance to schemes to ensure a consistent and quality support service for parents and children.

About the scheme

In 1993, local partners and professionals fought hard to create a Home-Start scheme in Colchester. In 1996 a successful Lottery bid enabled the scheme to begin to develop the Home-Start service, recruiting local volunteers to benefit local families. The scheme has continued to sustain a Home-Start service locally for over 22 years. We now deliver services in both Colchester and South Tendring.

What services do we offer?

  • One-to-one support with parenting. This can be in your own home, at a group or at an organised drop-in session
  • Parenting support advice and strategies for children 0-11years
  • Information and advice
  • Support with housing concerns
  • Benefit advice
  • Foodbank vouchers including collection and delivery of food where needed
  • Grant application to help you with items you need but can not currently afford
  • Group support for parents or children
  • Healthy-eating
  • School readiness and play opportunities, help with education.
  • Family events
  • Children workshops for children 5 – 11 years
  • Holiday fund

Volunteer support

  • We can match you with a trained volunteer to provide weekly mentoring assistance in your own home to provide support at difficult and challenging times.
  • Mentoring for young people and parents.
  • Peer parent support




Delivery area

Across North East Essex, Colchester and Tendring, two independent charities – Home-Start Colchester and Home-Start Harwich – adopted the Home-Start agreement, and both are working in close partnership to deliver services across the entire North East Essex quadrant.

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