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)