Covid 19 (Corona Virus)

We have carefully been monitoring the current Covid-19 situation. As ever our priority is the families we support, our staff and our volunteers. It is important we put their health and wellbeing first. At this point in time home visits will not be taking place. Families will continue to be supported via the telephone and you can still telephone the office 01322 225100 and leave a message.

There are no clubs or support groups taking place at present.

Many Thanks …

to Gravesend City Praise Centre who continue to support our scheme with Christmas presents for all Home-Start children as well as gifts for individual families throughout the year.

to Tescos for their generous donation of unsold food that we weekly distribute to some of our more needier families

to Dartford Mayor, Councillor Rosanna Currens for choosing us as one of three charities to fundraise for during her term in office.

Independent Evaluation 2016

Our evaluation combines quantitive data shared by Home-Start North West
Kent with qualitative data gained through our engagement with key people.
30 families engaged with the evaluation, with the evaluator conducting 10
structured interviews in their own homes and 6 by phone. A further 14
parents engaged with the evaluator during visits to the Little Buddies social
group for parents of disabled children and the Purple Parenting course.
51 volunteers completed a detailed online survey designed to gauge their
perceptions of Big Lottery Fund impact, including 36 current volunteers. The
evaluator also engaged volunteers, and other key stakeholders during the
charity’s AGM in September 2016 and on a training course in July 2016.
16 external partners engaged with the evaluation via an online survey, email
feedback and telephone interviews. 93% of external partners are from
statutory services including Dartford Borough Council, Dartford Children’s
Centre, Kent County Council and Kent Community Health Foundation Trust.
In addition to engaging key stakeholders, the evaluator also reviewed
documents and data relating to the project including reports to Big Lottery
Fund, minutes of committee meetings, annual reports and data from MESH,
Home-Start’s bespoke national database which charts the progress made by
families towards improving their identified needs.

Our report sets out our findings from all of these activities with an emphasis
on the impact of the Big Lottery Fund project on local families over five years.

You can download and view the full evaluation here – Home-Start North West Kent Evaluation.

“Home-Start North West Kent demonstrates high levels of competence in supporting families from all backgrounds, delivering that support with compassion, empathy and, most importantly, heart.” Evaluator.” Steve Allman

“Home-Start North West Kent is an excellent organization, one that sets itself high standards. It sees itself as being an integral part of the local community rather than separate from it, which is undoubtedly one of its strengths.” Gareth Johnson MP for Dartford