Home-Start covering Colchester, Clacton, Frinton, St Osyths, and Jaywick

Home-Start Colchester offers a family mentoring support service, taking the time to visit each family at home, providing practical and emotional assistance to support positive changes to take place.



About the scheme

Home-Start Colchester a small local independant charity that works closely in the local community at grass roots level. This enables the scheme to respond to local needs in a targeted way. Our support in the family home and our understanding of our client group, children and families, enables us to identify pockets of unmet need and find innovative solutions to offering support, while engaging and galvanising local communities and helping to co-ordinate activities of support across a range of services.

In 1993, local partners and professionals fought hard to create a Home-Start scheme in Colchester. In 1996 a successful Lottery bid enabled the scheme to begin to develop the Home-Start service, recruiting local volunteers to benefit local families.The scheme has continued to sustain a Home-Start service locally for over 20 years.


Across North East Essex, Colchester and Tendring, two independent charities – Home-Start Colchester and Home-Start Harwich - adopted the Home-Start agreement, and both are working in close partnership to deliver services across the entire North East Essex quadrant.



 We offer two key services:

  • Recruiting and training local volunteer mentors and investing time, training and support to develop their skills for the role and self-development.
  • Providing trained mentors to support innovative projects aimed at both parents and children offering both emotional and practical support.

Our Values

  • Take the time to listen and understand what local families want.
  • Respect all service users’ identity, community, heritage and diversity.
  • Develop services and partnerships that best support local families.
  • Promote continuous improvement in all we do.
  • Continue to invest in developing local people’s skills to volunteers.
  • Provide a non-judgmental service.
  • Strive to empower positive changes.

Our Approach

Our Home-Start scheme is rooted into the local community we serve. As an independent local charity we are managed locally. However, we form part of a network of Home-Start charities that align themselves to a tried-and-tested model – that of volunteer home visiting. Through this network our work is supported by the national organisation, Home-Start UK, that provides advice, training, information and guidance to schemes to ensure a consistent and quality support service for parents and children.