Our next Volunteer Preparation Course will be held on-line via Zoom (all Zoom instructions will be sent out prior to each session). The next course starts on Thursday 21st January 2021 and will run weekly every Thursday (apart from Half Term) finishing on Thursday 11th March 2021. Time: 10-11.30am

Please click the volunteer link for an application form and further information. Or contact the office on 0117 9501170 / email: [email protected]

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