What We Can Do To Help

Our support is totally confidential and free to the family. What we do will vary from family to family and from place to place, but generally we:

  • Visit families in their own homes or they visit our drop in centre where applicable
  • Reassure parents that their problems are not unique
  • Encourage families to enjoy themselves together
  • Build on parents' own strengths
  • Listen
  • Help out where and if possible

In the course of our work we come across many children who have been traumatised by abuse whether it is physical or sexual abuse and also traumatic life experiences. Often children can not verbalise the horrors that they have endured. Children express their feelings via play as it is sometimes very difficult for them to do this verbally.

Play Meditation is an excellent way to assist the child through the process so that healing may start to take place. We have a fully equipped Play Room and trained Play Mediators to facilitate this process. The trained Play Mediators will spend time with each child individually in the room. This may happen over a period of time with a number of sessions. Our Play Mediators are dedicated individuals and professionals who give up their time to assist children in need.

For further information please contact Home-Start South Africa.

The service that we offer is invaluable and can make a huge difference in the life of a child.

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Final Thoughts

Home-Start is a friend to parents with young children.

Introducing a volunteer friend to a parent who has never had a real friend, or who desperately needs one, is possibly one of Home-Start's greatest gifts!