Who can we support?
We can support any parent living in the local area including: Epsom, Ewell, Banstead and surrounding villages, who has one or more children under the age of 5 and who wants our help at a difficult time in their life. There are many reasons why parents need support and these can include:
- Feeling isolated, maybe with no family nearby and struggling to make friends
- Suffering with post-natal depression and maybe finding it hard to talk to anyone about it
- Having a hard time coping with your child’s illness or disability
- Being affected by the death of a family member
- Struggling with the emotional and practical demands of twins, triplets or children under 5
- Finding it hard to cope with relationship difficulties
- Feeling exhausted or depressed
- Coping with your own illness or disability
What do we offer?
A carefully selected and trained volunteer, who has parenting experience, will visit regularly for 2-3 hours a week in the family home. Volunteers offer emotional and practical support which is tailored to what the parent decides would be helpful. Needs can vary from week to week so our support is flexible and responsive and can include:
- Being a listening ear or someone to talk to
- Adult company
- Encouragement and motivation
- Practical help around the house
- Help to find out about and access other local amenities and services
- Emotional support to help parents find ways to manage and resolve problems.
- Direct support for children including playing, listening, having fun, establishing routines, encouraging development and providing opportunities for outings and treats.
- Practical help with getting to appointments, doing the shopping, budgeting, nutrition and meal planning, cooking and making the home safe.
- Outreach and family groups so parents can get out, meet others and become more involved in their own community.
- Information and links to other organizations including health and educational services.
- Attendance at meetings and moral support, especially in relation to dealing with case conferences or solicitors and court cases.
- Access to parenting advice and parenting skills training.
If you are a parent with at least one child under the age of five then we may be able to help you. Find out what parents have said about us on our Testimonials Page.