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Mission, Vision and Core Belief


Home-Start offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children, in local communities in Australia.

Home-Start offers a unique service.  We recruit and train volunteers who are usually parents themselves to visit families at home who have at lease one child under 5 and offer them informal and friendly and confidential support.

To help give children the best possible start in life, Home-Start supports parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links with the local community.


Home-Start wants to see a society in which every parent has the support they need to give their children the best possible start in life.

Core Belief

Home-Start believes that children need a happy and secure childhood and that parents play the key role in giving their children a good start in life and helping them achieve their full potential.

The Home-Start Approach

To Home-Start every family is special and we respond to each family's needs through a combination of home-visiting support, group work and social events.

Home-Start schemes are rooted in the communities they service.  They are part of local service networks but are supported by the national organisation.  This offers direction, training, information and guidance to schemes and ensures consistent and quality support for parents and children wherever they are.

Home-Start has a proven, lasting, positive impact on the development of children and health and welfare of the family.