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“I have been a Home Start volunteer for nearly two years and love it! The initial training was really informative and gave me the confidence to start visiting the family I was matched with. It gives me a lot of satisfaction knowing that my support has helped the family through some difficult times. It’s fantastic when Mum says she feels much better after your visit! I gain as much from contact with my family as they hopefully do from me.”

A Home-Start volunteer

Volunteer Army

Home-Start in Greater Manchester


When parents can’t cope children suffer, the impact of which can last a lifetime.

There are many reasons for this including poverty, poor mental health, isolation and illness and disability. And this is where Home-Start steps in…

Home-Starts in Greater Manchester have been working in local communities for almost two decades, providing emotional and practical support to parents and children in their own homes, through an army of locally trained parent volunteers.

Home-Start volunteers walk alongside families empowering them to be the best possible parents they can be, until the time comes when the family is ready to go it alone. Their non-judgemental and confidential approach means many hard- to- reach families will accept help from Home-Start; which stops them from reaching crisis point; meaning better futures and better outcomes for children.

We could do so much more with your help!

Across Greater Manchester parents and their children are in desperate need of support. In 2017 life can be hard for lots of families who are struggling to cope with many difficult issues that life has thrown at them.

As you will see here, our volunteers are as diverse as the families we support, male, female, young, old and from all cultures and backgrounds; what they have in common in the desire to help a family local to them and by doing so improving the life chances of Greater Manchester’s children.

Please get behind Home-Start in Greater Manchester’s #thiscouldbeyou campaign and join our volunteer army. You can find out more about volunteering for one of the Home-Starts in Greater Manchester by visiting our What You Can Do page in the About Us section of the website, here you will also find the details of the Home-Start closest to you.

Don’t just take our word for it, we asked our volunteers to sum up what Home-Start means to them in one word, here’s what some of them said…

We are Home-Start!