In October 2019, A Better Start Southend invited organisations to submit a tender for the upcoming Volunteer Home Visiting Programme, and Home-Start Essex have been appointed to deliver the service!

A Better Start Southend recognises that pregnancy, birth and being a parent is a life changing experience. Every family deserves support in overcoming challenges, and this support helps children to have the best possible start in life. Through the emotional and practical support of families with children under 4, the Volunteer Home Visiting programme can have a unique and valuable contribution to make in enabling this.

Volunteers will be matched to a family and will visit each week for two hours, usually for around 6 months, supporting families who are experiencing challenges within family life, such as:

  • Isolation
  • Single parenthood
  • Bereavement
  • Multiple Births
  • Disability, mental or physical ill health


Home-Start Essex have an extensive background in delivering a range of peer and volunteer support programmes across the county, and the knowledge and expertise accrued over their long history in supporting families make them a very valuable partner. We are looking forward to working closely with them in delivering our locally based home visiting programme within our six wards.

If you would like any further details about the project, contact


  1. Paula Melville says:

    Please could you contact me. Thanks

  2. Better Start says:

    Hi Paula, how can we help? Kind regards, A Better Start Southend

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