On 18th March The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Brookhill Children’s Centre in Woolwich to learn more about Home-Start and the support it provides for children and families.
Upon her arrival to the Centre, The Duchess will be met and briefed by Home-Start‘s Chief Executive and the Centre’s manager. There Kate will learn about the work Home-Start does to help support families, build confidence in them and create brighter futures for their children.
From there, over coffee, Kate will meet and talk with families about their experiences having been supported by the charity Home-Start.
The Duchess will then see how volunteer’s are trained through watching sessions where they are taught how to give practical and emotional support that would be brought into a family’s home to insure children make the most of nursery or school.
To wrap up her visit, Kate will visit the onsite Together for Twos’ crèche to meet families and staff.
Starting in 1973, Home-Start has grown to become one the UK’s top family support charities. Now with 288 locations, the charity supports more than 29,000 families and more than 63,000 children each year.
Volunteers are recruited and trained to support parents who have at least one child under the age of five. The nearly 15,000 volunteers support parents in many different environments including, but not limited to isolation, mental ill health, bereavement, multiple births, illness or disability in the comfort of their own home.
The Centre is one of four run by Home-Start on behalf of The Royal Borough of Greenwich 24 children’s centres. They function in order to help the borough fulfil their goal of providing relatable support for local families.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich children’s centres provide a variety of services in one location for young children and their families. The services provided include early-years education, childcare, family and parental health services, and employment and training advice for parents.
These are offered by a variety of public sector and voluntary organisations, which are all managed on behalf of the Royal Borough by four commissioned organisations including Home-Start.
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