Home Start supports families with children under the age of five by matching families with well trained and skilled volunteers who visit weekly. Home Start works within a prevention agenda, and often works with families that come into the following categories:
- Post natal depression & all mental ill health
- Twins/ multiple births or multiple children under 5
- Isolation due to moving, domestic abuse etc.
Last year Home Start supported 96 families locally in and around Ludlow.
In January South Shropshire Home Start are hoping to start working with pregnant women using Ludlow Midwife led unit at Ludlow Hospital. This work will ensure that very vulnerable women and teenagers have support from a volunteer who will be with them through their pregnancy and beyond. This is a direct response to feedback from parents locally who feel they see a different midwife every visit, do not build a trusted relationship, and feel unsupported with breast feeding. Surprisingly in Shropshire there is one of the highest rates of bottle fed babies after 6 weeks, so support with breastfeeding will be offered if it is needed.
For more information go to www.home-start.org.uk