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.
Autistic Spectrum Support Group severy third Thursday of the month 12.30-2.30pm at Temple Hill Children’s Centre St Edmunds Road Dartford DA1 5ND – 01322 225100 for further details. Hosted by HomeStart NWKent and supported by We are BEAMS.
Home-Start are recruiting new volunteer parents – of any age, background, culture or gender – to attend a free 40-hour course of preparation beginning
Next Course Wednesday 6th May 10.00 – 2.00pm
Volunteer Training Advert Spring 2020
Volunteer Application Form (Jan 2013) BLANK
AGM Invite – Sept 2019
Families and volunteers tell their Home-Start stories as well as a buffet lunch
12 noon – 2pm – 27th September 2019 Temple Hill Community Centre
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.
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
This is taking place 5th October in Gravesend Elite Venue, Dunkirk Close, DA12 5ND
The postnatal support group is now facilitated by counsellor Debbie with 1-to-1 sessions at the office base.
is available from the Dartford office base, with childcare available at times