Home-Start Southwark

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Provides support and friendship for families with a child under the age of five, particularly when they are going through difficult times, feeling isolated without friends and family nearby, or coping with illness or disability. Difficulties may include: Loneliness, Ill health, Isolation, Relationship difficulties, Post-natal illness, Poverty, Multiple births, Disabilities, Bereavement, Mental health problems, or Children with special needs. Self -referral or you can ask a GP or Health Visitor to refer you.

Most parents would agree that being a parent, wherever you live, whatever your circumstances, isn’t always easy. Combine that with additional pressures such as illness or financial worries and without the support of family and friends, the pressures can seem overwhelming.

They help any parent living in the London Borough of Southwark and Lewisham, who has at least one child under five and is finding things tough, for any reason.  The service is free and confidential.



They train volunteers who are usually parents themselves and match them with a local family. They visit weekly and offer support tailored to meet the needs of the family. To become a volunteer please fill out the forms on their website. 

Contact Details

020 7737 7720



Canopi 7-14 Great Dover Street SE1 4YR

Other Info


Tube: Borough Underground Station Bus: 21

Other information:
Please note: Home-Start is not a crisis intervention service and they are not able to respond at very short notice. If you are unsure whether a referral is suitable, please call our co-ordinators. Registered charity.

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