Project information and referral form

Here you will find a list of current projects delivered by Home-Start Colchester, and underneath each description you will find the referral forms and leaflets


Home-Start Plus


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Aimed to support families with at least one child under 11 funded By Big Lottery – Across Colchester and Tendring.

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If you are a Mum, Dad or Carer with a child under 11 living in Colchester , Clacton, Frinton, Jaywick, Saint Osyth’s and are finding things tough at the moment, you can ask for  support.

Home-Start Plus is all about building skills…

Home-based visiting is essential to the Home-Start approach, which relies on a more holistic, flexible, non-judgmental and caring approach. The families supported, like the Home-Start volunteers, come from a wide range of educational, cultural and financial backgrounds.

If you feel you need help at home due to lack of knowledge or skills, such as parenting, organisation skills, even playing with a child.  Home-Start Plus is there to help you to make the changes you want to make.

How will this happen.

The co-ordinator will visit you at home and together with you, create a tailored plan of support. If a volunteer is matched to support you then they will visit regularly (usually once a week for a couple of hours) and offer friendly support, providing both emotional and practical assistance to help  you to make the changes you have identified that you want to happen.  Everything is bespoke to your need.

“Knowing she would be visiting got me through those early weeks. She helped me forget about all my worries and anxieties for a while, which meant I could put them in perspective.”

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Early Help Services – FIF






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  • Life Coaching – parents and  young people 14+
  • Mentoring – young people 8+      Mentoring – parents

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Coaching and Mentoring

This Early Intervention Service reaches out to parents and young people when the early signs of emotional and physical distress appear.





Mentoring parents - Adult trained mentors provide a regular and frequent contact with parents or young people, and may be matched based on a mutual interest in a particular activity to support the individual to achieve their goals. Mentors can support peer parenting, home management or could assist a person to achieve goals such as how to plan, organise or attend local activities.

Mentoring young people - Adult trained mentors with a variety of skills and experience are supported to match to young people to offer the assistance of a dedicated person. It could be to offer a listening ear, friendship or share experiences to enable a young person to upskill or make a vital change in their life.

Those being mentored find they need the dedicated support of another person to help them navigate their way through life and difficult circumstances.

Life Coaching Service – Can help families develop, learn new skills, find personal success, achieve aims and to manage life changes and personal challenges. Coaching can address attitudes , behaviours and knowledge, as well as skills. It provides young people 14+ and parent with the opportunity to reflect, think about their options, progress and succeed.

Groups – Can offer both mentoring and coaching and can be designed to meet the needs of the parent or young person. Sessions are designed to reduce isolation, provide a platform to develop social skills, experience peer support and build new skills.

The service will begin with a key worker visiting you at home, explaining the project and working with the parent or young person to design a bespoke offer of Early Help, which could include one-to-one mentoring for children and young people 8+, and/or peer group mentoring. Coaching sessions are for a parent or family member aged 14+.

The FIF Coaching and Mentoring service will support families across North East Essex quadrant Tendring and Colchester.

  • Home-Start Colchester
  • Inclusion Ventures
  • Life Coach – Leonara Brooker

We can support children, young people and parents with the following needs:

  • Negative behaviour that impacts the dynamic of a family.
  • Risky behaviours that lead to poor physical and emotional outcomes.
  • Aggressive behaviour that leads to violence.
  • The breakdown of parental or family relationships.
  • Social isolation.

The only restriction to accessing these services is that the person being referred is not already in receipt of other additional or specialist need support services

Referral form download here.

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Leaflets for the project

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Essex Child and Family Well-being  Home-Start Service


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Essex County Council (ECC) and West Essex NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (WECCG) have recently commissioned Virgin Cares in partnership with Barnardo’s to deliver the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service.

As part of this offer Home-Start Colchester in partnership with Home-Start Harwich are delivering a service across North East Essex to offer support to reduce Isolation; school readiness  and increase family resilience.

This will be delivered by a multicomponent of services, home visiting, group or special events.

Supporting families with children under 11 years.

Referral Form – VirginCare


Complaints Procedure

Home-Start Colchester aims to offer services of a high standard of quality, if however you feel that we are not delivering this then please refer to our complaints procedure.