Due to COVID-19 our Volunteer Preparation course in April has been cancelled. Next course starts Wednesday 23rd September 10-2pm at the Withywood Centre, Withywood, Bristol, BS13 8QA

Service update due COVID-19
Home-Start Bristol staff and volunteers have moved quickly to ensure that families continue to receive vital emotional support by phone and text and through social media. We are part of a city-wide network, linking families with other services. Volunteers provide what practical help they can, safely delivering food-bank parcels, medication, kits of play and activity materials. In the coming weeks and months, we will work harder than ever to find new ways to ensure that families have the support they need.
If you would like support or you would like to refer someone to Home-Start Bristol please download our Referral Form. Please remember to look after your own wellbeing at this difficult time. If you are struggling at all please speak to someone or click on useful links for more information of where you can access other support.
If your child is worried or feeling anxious about coronavirus and you need some advice of how to talk to them about it, please click on the following link Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Home-Start Bristol is an independent registered charity that supports struggling families, with at least one child under five, living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

The small staff team recruits and trains local volunteers and carefully matches them with local families who need support. The scheme is managed by a board of volunteer trustees and is responsible for raising all its own funds. We are funded by local authority grants and grant making trusts enabling us to provide this service at no cost to families.

What is so Special about Home-Start?

Many parents need help, friendship, advice or support during those early years when children are young.

There is no rulebook for raising a family and sometimes it can seem overwhelming, particularly if your family is going through difficult times.

Our volunteers are all parents themselves and understand the difficulties families may be facing.

Our latest Home-Start leaflet is available to download, HS Volunteering Leaflet 2020

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where families thrive and children are given the best possible start in life.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide tailored support to struggling families with young children, enabling them to develop strategies to cope with current and future difficulties. Parent volunteers, trained and supported by our professional staff team, visit families at home, working with them to build confidence and resilience, and to develop a sense of belonging to their local community.


If you have had any contact with Home-Start Bristol, your views and feedback are very important to us and help us to improve our service. You can do this by contacting the office by telephone 01179501170/or e-mailing the Scheme Manager [email protected] or we invite you to fill in our questionnaire (to help us improve our service).

Our complaints policy is available to download — Complaints policy