HCCSA Inc work in collaboration with Baptcare to bring the Home- Start program to Heathcote families. 

The Baptcare’s Home Start Program is a free voluntary home visiting service nurturing families with preschool aged children.

The program is designed to help socially isolated families facing difficult circumstances to draw on the valuable experience of others in the community. It connects volunteers to families, based on specific needs of the families and the strengths of the volunteers.

This program is for families from any cultural background, with preschool aged children, who may be experiencing difficulties.  Most commonly for parents who are exhausted, often isolated or lonely.

  • Home Start volunteers offer families;

  • Mentoring practical support (like shopping or attending appointments with the family)

  • Positive engagement with children

  • Emotional support

Families are visited mostly once a week for a minimum of 2 hours