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Home Start Trafford and Salford

Stretford-based charity Home-Start Trafford & Salford specialises in equipping vulnerable new parents with the skills, confidence and resources to provide a nurturing family environment.

Stretford-based charity Home-Start Trafford & Salford specialises in equipping vulnerable new parents with the skills, confidence and resources to provide a nurturing family environment. 
A large grant from THT Social Investment has enabled the organisation’s trained volunteers to provide one-to-one support to 50 more families in the past year, using NHS-approved methodologies to help parents facing crisis to form close, lasting, and mutually beneficial bonds with their children.

Aysha, a refugee from Ethiopia, is one parent whose life has been turned around by the ‘Baby Bond’ initiative.  After arriving in the UK 3 years ago, Aysha was temporarily placed in Leicester, Manchester and London, before moving to the 2-bedroom THT flat where she now lives with her baby son. 
As a non-English speaker battling with long-term back pain and some mental health issues, and without any friends or family to lean on, Aysha was isolated in her flat where she was finding some aspects of life as a new parent challenging. Her NHS health visitor put her in touch with Home- Start, who linked her up with volunteer Susanna for weekly home visits.  Despite the language barrier, a relationship of trust was very quickly established between the two- proving the theory that up to 70% of communication is non-verbal!

(photo from Home Start showing the work they do)

A year on, Aysha and her now 18-month-old son have made great strides together.  Susanna’s support has given them confidence to enjoy regular bus trips to a number of playgroups, helping significantly with baby’s social emotional and physical development as he approaches nursery admission stage.  The Home- Start volunteer has also helped Aysha to sort out issues around benefits, budgeting and housing.  With these firm foundations in place, mum is now looking at her next step; enrolling on a college course to improve her already-much-stronger English language skills.
Meanwhile, back at Home-Start, active conversation with the NHS and others are exploring how the life-changing benefits of Baby Bond can be extended to reach more and more families in need. 
THT Social Investment is proud to be supporting this initiative, as it goes from strength to strength.    
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