Annual Review

Spring Newsletter 2020

New Helpline

We Are Urgently Seeking New Volunteer Mentors!

Starting Right - Big Lottery Fund Evaluation Jan 2018

Home Start Thanet


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We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Domestic Abuse programme - THE NEW START

This programme offers interventions for those impacted by domestic abuse or dysfunctional, controlling relationships, and the psychological trauma and practical fallout resulting from this on family life.

We will engage with women to talk through the trauma, turbulence and impact made on their lives, and offer emotional and practical solutions and where necessary safety planning strategies. Focused behavioural support will also be offered to children who may have witnessed and been traumatised by their parents' volatile relationship and are left presenting with anxiety or behavioural challenges.

The New Start Programme will improve psychological well-being and lead to a safer, more stable home environment where parents can move on to healthier relationships and children can reach their developmental and educational milestones.

By providing psychological support to women, enabling them to gain confidence and understanding as to how dysfunctional relationships occur and gain insight as to how they can work towards a safer, stable future for themselves and their children.

WE ARE OPEN FOR REFERRALS NOW!!  or via telephone 01843 609665 for a referral form




**NEW in 2020**

Home-Start Thanet Helpline - 01843 609665

Tues-Thurs 9.30am-12.30pm

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Home-Start offers early intervention support to parents with young children throughout Thanet. Established in 1987 we have delivered bespoke packages of support to local parents juggling the demands of parenting often increased by other issues impacting on family life.

We offer a unique service directly into the family's homes, where we get to meet and assess the real issues, and together with the parents design a bespoke package of support which is offered weekly for up to 6 months. We also provide one-to-one emotional support to parents requiring more focused support.

The Process

Our skilled staff team recruit, train and supervise local people to become volunteer Mentors who work alongside staff to ensure each family gets consistent support with their individual needs.

We offer free confidential support and welcome agency and self-referrals, all of which are assessed and allocated quickly and efficiently: understanding the need for a prompt service, we avoid waiting lists.

Home-Start empowers parents to make positive changes to benefit themselves and their children: they are able to grow in confidence, strengthen family relationships and broaden their links with the wider community.



Home-Start Thanet is continuing to offer support during the Coronavirus crisis. However, this support will be via the telephone and emails rather than face-to-face.  Although our volunteer Mentors will not be visiting families at home, our co-ordinators ARE providing telephone support to both families and Mentors. Our offices will remain closed until this period is over.

We are still accepting referrals from agencies and families but please note: we continue to have robust safeguarding policies and procedures but we will not be visiting the family or seeing the home environment and therefore our risk and safeguarding procedures are now limited during the Coronavirus outbreak.  We are now accepting self-referrals.











Job Vacancies

Vacancy:  Part-time Coordinator for our Butterfly Programme.

Hours: 14 hours per week

Salary: £8,840.32

We are seeking a Coordinator to join our committed staff team working to support local families. This is an exciting, creative and challenging role where you would be welcomed into an experienced and committed staff team. This role may increase to a 20-hour post.

We are seeking someone with:-

Proven experience, qualifications and/or training of working with children, either as an outreach worker or in a formal group setting. With an understanding of attachment, setting boundaries and routines within a family environment.

You will have delivered strategies to engage with children who are struggling with challenging behaviours and anxiety and for those possibly awaiting assessment for Spectrum Disorders.

You will have the ability to develop a bespoke programme for the needs of the child, whilst working with and guiding parents, creating a nurturing and consistent environment.

You will be used to working with effective administration, monitoring and evaluation systems to monitor outcomes.

Experience of working with volunteers is desirable.

Children in Need funding has enabled us to offer this interesting role, currently funded until the end of November 2021 when new funding will be applied for.,

Application packs are available now. Closing date for all applications is 1 March 2021. Interviews the following week.


THE BUTTERFLY PROGRAMME is an early intervention programme designed to offer bespoke interventions to reduce child stress, anxiety and challenging behaviour. This child-focused programme aims to reduce family stress, empower parents, and increase child resilience to face life transitions.

Teaching through play and routines and educating parents to maintain positivity and consistency with their child, thus enabling them to reach their full potential.

For an application pack, which will be emailed to you, contact: Fran Lane at

For further information or advice about applying, please email Sharon Lewis at


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For additional information on the areas we cover and the range of services we provide please contact us or call us on 01843 609665.

Contact Details

01843 609665

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Millennium Way
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