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Parents supporting other Parents

Could you help a family for 2-3 hours per week?Could you help a family for 2-3 hours per week?


Home-Start Flintshire - enabling volunteers to support families in Flintshire since 1995


 Home-Start Flintshire is a voluntary organisation supporting families with at least one child under the age of 11.  Volunteers are recruited, trained and supported to visit families for 2-3 hours per week and to provide a listening ear and an extra pair of hands.   Home-Start's support has been proven to reduce feelings of isolation and to improve emotional well-being and coping skills within the families it supports.

We would love to speak to you about the work of Home-Start.  Every parent needs a friend, and the support of Home-Start volunteers makes an incredible difference to the lives of children and families.





Free Online Self-Management Courses are available.  The Online Course is an internet-based, interactive self-management course to help people learn to manage the day-to-day issues associated with living with any long-term condition(s). You can now complete this course in the comfort of your own home.

 The Online Course can be particularly useful for those who have difficulty getting out of the house, live in rural areas, work full time or in full time education or who would prefer to do the course online rather than face-to-face.

A user name and email address allows course participants to log on to the course remotely, 2-3 times per week, for a total of 2 hours each week.  The course lasts 6 weeks and participants can access the course at anytime andanywhere there is internet access.

 Course participants learn to:

  •  Manage pain and extreme tiredness

  • Cope with feelings of depression

  • Relaxation techniques and exercise

  • Healthy eating

  • Action planning and problem solving techniques

  • Communication skills with healthcare professionals, friends, family and colleagues.

For more information please call on 01286 674236 or e-mail








June Volunteer Preparation Course.

Our next volunteer preparation course will be starting in June at Parkfields Community Centre in Mold. If you're interested in making a huge difference to a Flintshire family, please get in touch on 01352 744060 for an informal chat about what is involved and application pack. We are also currently looking for new trustees to join our Board

Click link below for the timetable - it can also be found on Volunteer Training page



 Staff changes

 Home-Start Flintshire has needed to make some difficult changes to our staffing structure this month, due to a reduction in our funding.

 Unfortunately, we have said ‘Goodbye’ to Jan, one of our organisers. She is hoping to take up a position with Aberconwy MIND shortly, but we will miss her and her contribution to our Home-Start team.

 In addition, Sharon and Rena have reduced their hours. However in spite of all these changes, we’re all very determined not to let them affect the support we give to you and your Home-Start families. Without our wonderful volunteers, there wouldn’t be a Home-Start Flintshire, so thank you all so much for the invaluable work you do


Please check the new Family Matters magazine on the Newsletter page 


Benefits Awareness Month


4TC Source and Refurbish IT equipment to sell onto community groups   


 Parent Protect May 2015 Please click on the link below for more information on this awareness raising and information session and how to book a place.

Parent Protect


A Parents Guide to Promoting Positive

Pre-school children often behave in ways that adults find challenging. Frequently the best way dealing with difficult behaviour is often by focussing on positive behaviour instead.  You may be supporting a family who could do with some guidance or fresh ideas.

The NDNA produce a great information leaflet “A parent’s guide to promoting positive behaviour” which may help.