Project helps improve emotional health of children and parents

January 30 2017

A CHARITY supporting struggling families in South Gloucestershire and Bristol wants to help more people and recruit extra volunteers.

A CHARITY supporting struggling families in South Gloucestershire and Bristol wants to help more people and recruit extra volunteers.

Home-Start Bristol runs a project aimed at improving the emotional health of parents and children. 

Last year 83 per cent of parents who felt isolated told the organisation they were also experiencing mental health problems.

The charity has trained volunteers, who are parents themselves, who visit families weekly.

Scheme manager Beverley Symonds, said: “We work alongside families, encouraging them and helping them to build confidence. This type of support benefits both children and parents, increasing their sense of well-being and ability to manage.”

The project will now be further improved through the employment of a family support worker and providing extra training to staff and volunteers on mental health.

More information is available from www.homestartbristol.org.uk or by phoning 0117 950 1170.