Our Services

Dragonflies

In association with the Sarah Groves Foundation

 

Every Tuesday, 9.30am – 11.30am
@ Roseville Community Centre

Every Thursday, 9.30am – 11.30am
@ Les Camps Methodist Church Hall

What is Dragonflies?

Dragonflies is a family group drop in for parents and carers with pre-school children. We are run by Home-start Guernsey and have a dedicated play leader.

Our emphasis is on creating a warm, welcoming, inclusive environment that encourages and supports parents and carers to interact with and aid their child’s learning and development.

The group provides a supportive environment to parents who have at least one child under five.

The group offers parents and carers the chance to make new friends and to build an informal support network.

Who can attend?

Parents, relatives or family friends who care for pre-school children.

What is the cost?

There is no charge for our drop in.

Do I need to book?

No booking required just turn up at any time throughout the morning. We do have a register to complete each time you attend.

What is included?

We have a large supply of toys for the children to play with and they have the chance to interact with others.

An outdoor area for play.

General activities are always available including arts and crafts.

Story and rhyme time.

Snack time.

With the support of Guille Allez Library we also have library books that can be taken home.

What are the aims of Dragonflies?

The group supports parents to enjoy play as a bonding and growth experience
One of our aims is to provide children and their parents with special memories to take away from the group e.g. a scrap book of artwork, outings, etc
It offers the opportunity to discuss parenting difficulties and other issues
Dragonflies supports and encourages children’s development by basing all craft activities on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and works towards the framework of Every Child Matters
The group is a place for parents to share the joys and fears of their parenting experience
If needed, our staff and volunteers will be able to signpost parents to other agencies or offer them Home-Start home visiting support

Family Support

Support services for families

Every year, in hundreds of local communities across the UK, Home-Start helps thousands of families who are struggling to cope.

Parent volunteers offer support and friendship to other parents through home visiting, via family and specialist groups and through social events.

 

  • Families need support for many reasons:
  • Struggling to cope with postnatal illness
  • A child’s disability
  • Family breakdown or bereavment
  • Multiple problems at once
  • Feeling isolated and unable to connect with friends or the community

 

Whatever the reason, Home-Start provides non-judgemental practical and emotional support and helps build the families confidence and ability to cope.

Support services provided:

A volunteer with parenting experience who offers regular, tailor-made, one-to-one, home visiting support: usually on a weekly basis.
Emotional support to help parents find ways to manage and resolve problems.
Direct support to children, including playing, listening, having fun, establishing routines, encouraging development and providing opportunities for outings and treats.
Practical help, perhaps with budgeting, nutrition and meal planning, cooking and making the home safe.
Outreach and family group work so parents can get out and meet others and become more involved in their own community.
Information and links to other organisations including health, mental health and educational services.
Attendance and meetings and moral support, especially when dealing with case conferences, solicitors or court cases.
Access to parenting advice and parenting skills training.
“The day a family feels it no longer needs Home-Start support is a good day for Home-Start”
Home-Start runs more services and has more volunteers supporting more families than any other family support charity in the UK.

Story Sacks

We have a number of different family sacks that we are able to lend out to family’s.

 

Our Story sacks help:

  • Promote play and interaction between parents and children

  • Introduce them to a love of books

  • Encourage early literacy skills

They are also educational and touch on different aspects of life including emotions, feelings, diversity and bereavement.

Contact us for more information.

Financial Support

How we have helped in the past:

Helped families with budgeting, benefits, debt problems, money saving tips from budgeting with food to cheap craft activities.
Assisted with the purchase of mobility equipment and other needed items for example bunk beds and stair gates etc.
Helped getting funding for children to attend play scheme and playschools.
At Christmas, provided family’s with hampers.
Nominated family’s for Tree of Joy.
Helped families get free entry to museums for events.
Provided families with a free Island mums discount card.
Supported families also get free entry to our Easter egg hunt.
Held a Christmas party where all children are given a present.

You can help us!

You can help by fundraising either with your own event or with the fundraising initiatives we run:

 

Flag day easter egg hunt – hold a dress down day or office event – one off donations – remember us in a will.

 

All money stays locally to support families and their children by offering friendship and support.

Dads Group

Home-Start’s drop in for Dads, Grandads and male carers with children under 5.

Starts Saturday 10th February and will be alternate Friday’s and Saturday’s.
9.30am – 11.30am at Vale Church Hall.

There will be toys crafts singing and stories. Refreshments available – FREE