Home-Start Wingecarribee
Volunteer Home Visiting Service

Coordinator: Danielle Johns
37 Regent St, Mittagong  NSW  2575                                                     Phone: (02) 4871 3995
P O Box 2271, Bowral  NSW  2576                                                              Fax: (02) 4872 1185
Email: bowral@homestartaustralia.org                                                   Mobile: 0411 759100

Office days are Monday to Thursday
Home-Start covers the Wingecarribee Shire


Latest newsletter from Danielle and Anne HERE A great story - with this picture to copy and print to go along with it :) and a mask to make HERE and even more fun HERE

 Volunteers from the Home-Start and Uniting Church in Moss Vale at a celebratory luncheon. Home-Start in partnership with the Uniting Church facilitate a highly successful supported playgroup which is funded by Families New South Wales


Please join us to welcome the new coordinator for Wingecarribee - Tania Tuagalu



Thank you to Moss Vale Services Club and Mittagong RSL for supporting our Wingecarribee programs. 

These Grants mean that our volunteers will be able to help more local families.



Thank you Yvonne for your years of service to Home-Start.  Enjoy your retirement.. but you will be greatly missed.

Messages to Yvonne

What a great day for Wingecarribee families at the Christmas party in Mittagong. These photos say it all...




Home-Start Wingecarribee, along with other services in the area, hosted "Paint the Town REaD" in Moss Vale.  35 children attended, with parents and carers.  They loved hearing stories being read at the Library, the Police Station, the Fire station and back to the CWA rooms for morning tea.  The photos say it all!
Home-Start Dad reading                                    Mayor reading                           Police officer reading

Moss Vale TAFE Home-Start Play session - looks like they had lots of fun!  These play sessions are held every Tuesday morning if you'd like to join them.

Home Start Wingecarribee has welcomed six new members into its ranks.  The new volunteers graduated from a 10 week training course which prepared them for the program. 

The training program focused on communication and listening skills and the role of volunteers as well as values and attitudes.  Here are the girls photographed by Southern Highland Newspaper:  Helen Connor, Kellie Brittle, Margaret Anne-Mann, Karen Revitt-Hannam, Janine Dillon and Tracey Shedlock.

Home-Start Wingecarribee

In Wingecarribee Home-Start offers a volunteer home visiting service to families with  young children.  Raising  children is a rewarding experience but it can also be quite challenging; especially for parents with little or no support close by. Home-Start provides support for parents in raising their children during the early years. Experienced and trained volunteers offer support, friendship and practical help to parents with at least one child under eight years.  Volunteers visit the family in their own home on a regular basis, helping parents to grow in confidence and strengthen their social relationships. Support from Home-Start can help prevent everyday family difficulties from becoming serious and long-term problems. A professional Home-Start co-ordinator links families with a trained volunteer. All Home-Start volunteers are supported and supervised by the Home-Start co-ordinator.

Flexibility, fun and an imaginative approach are keynotes of Home-Start visits that can focus on issues such as

    Life Style Skills
    Family Communication and Relationships
    Child and Family Wellbeing
    Early childhood development
    Early literacy
    Connecting with the community
    Building Social Networks of Support

Who can receive support from Home-Start?

Home-Start is available as a free service to any family who is experiencing difficulties in their parenting role or who lacks support in raising their children. Families can receive support from Home-Start for many reasons, for example parents may 
  • be new to the area and lack support
  • be learning how to cope with a new baby
  • be isolated or feeling lonely
  • be very young and inexperienced
  • have a child with a disability
  • have twins or triplets
  • need assistance in accessing other community services
Each family unit is unique, so the assistance that Home-Start offers, is tailored to suit their individual needs. Home-Start support often compliments but does not replace the work of professional service providers from the community such as Child and Family Health Nurses or Child and Family counsellors.

Supported Playgroup and Social Support Activities
Home Start Wingecarribee works in partnership with the   Mossvale Tafe's Early Childhood Department to provide a Supported Playgroup for children 5 years and under each Tuesday morning during school terms. 
Home-Start celebrates family life with social activities such as picnics in the park, Christmas Parties and other informal get-togethers.

The Home-Start Newsletter provides families and volunteers with up to date and relevant information on issues such as child development, nutrition and parenting.

News and Events
Home-Start Wingecarribee marks 10th Anniversary  
BY NICK BIELBY     Southern Highland News,  16 Dec, 2011

A HIGHLANDS community organisation celebrated a milestone birthday earlier this month. Home-Start Wingecarribee marked its 10th birthday with a lunch and award ceremony at Mittagong RSL Club on 1 December.

Home-Start is an initiative that provides practical support and companionship to families with at least one child younger than eight-years-old. The group welcomes new members keen to work with parents to help provide a safe and nurturing environment for children.

Financially supported by the NSW State Governments Families NSW Initiative, Home-Start Wingecarribee began operating in 2001. Wingecarribee coordinator Louise Pilon said she had been involved with the Highlands group as coordinator for three years. Ms Pilon said the group made a significant  difference to families needing support. "The celebration is to honour the work and dedication of volunteers who give their time to support the families," she said. Goulburn MP and the Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward presented awards recognising the service of Home-Start volunteers in the region.


"I can't congratulate you enough," she said   in her address to the volunteers. Ms 
 Goward said she was "working very hard"
 with the state government to introduce  
 reforms that would benefit volunteers and
 organisations operating in the family and 
 community sector. "I want the right 
 reforms and to drive real change."

Louise Pilon, Virginia Romney, Helen Wise and Maureen Kruss at the Home-Start Wingecarribee 10th birthday celebrations.   Photo by Nick Bielby Southern highland News