About Us

Home-Start is a national family support charity that heps parents to build better lives for their children. Each year trained volunteers provide support and friendship to more than 27,000 families and 56,000 children across the United Kingdom.

Home-Start South Warwickshire is one of more than 200 local Home-Start schemes which are run as small independent charities under the Home-Start UK umbrella. Our scheme supports families with children under the age of 5 throughout South Warwickshire – towns of Stratford upon Avon, Bidford-on-Avon, Alcester, Shipston-on-Stour, Wellesbourne, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Kenilworth and Southam, and the surrounding villages.  Volunteers work alongside parents in their own homes to improve parenting skills, boost confidence and well-being, help with family management and establish social networks.

With Home-Start a family can be sure of support that is non-judgemental and confidential. There is no stigma attached to Home-Start’s help which is why so many referrers and parents contact us to ask for support. Once contact has been made, families meet a Home-Start Coordinator who will carefully match them with a trained volunteer and oversee the support.

The wider Home-Start UK network ensures that the same high quality of service is offered at each of the local Home-Start schemes, by: * providing training for all staff * assessing Home-Start work against agreed quality standards * offering information through a UK-wide Intranet * advising trustees and staff in areas of governance

Meet the team

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Marie Ashford, Scheme Manager

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Mel Pritchard, Family and Volunteer Coordinator

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Caroline Pepperell, Administrator

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Yvonne Tidman, Volunteer Admin Support


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Deirdre Edwards, Chair of Trustees

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Nick Ellison, Treasurer

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Helen Keast

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Ally Purchon

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Lin Griffiths

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Sarah Brittain-Jones