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Directory of support Home Start Cymru

Home Start Cymru

Home Start Cymru offers free, confidential support and practical help to parents of young children living across Wales who are going through a difficult time. Being a parent, whatever your situation, can be very difficult. Many people feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the stresses of family life. Home Start Cymru understand that, sometimes, a little help can make a world of difference and can be there to offer a listening ear or an extra pair of hands.

Home Start Cymru understand that, sometimes, parents need the offer of nurturing support and guidance. Their trained volunteers will visit you in your own home for between two and three hours a week to offer an extra pair of hands or a listening ear. During Covid Home Start Cymru are still there for you – offering remote, befriending services in line with government guidance.
What’s more, because everyone is different — and each child has their own unique, individual needs — Home Start Cymru will work with you to find out what you need support with, and tailor their time with you to suit that. You can also be reassured that their time with you will remain confidential.

Here are just a few of the things Home Start Cymru can help you with:

  • Strengthening your relationship with your child or children.
  • Improving your child’s physical and emotional health.
  • Improving your physical and emotional health.
  • Learning new parenting skills — some great tips and tricks!
  • Feeling less lonely and isolated by recommending local services and groups.
  • Reducing stress from family conflict.
  • Meeting other people who are in the same boat by helping you make new connections.

To request support please complete the online contact form or email One of the family coordinators will then be in touch with you.

Service children’s quotes

"As soon as we get used to a house, you get moved - I’ve been to four schools and moved six times."


"I lived in Nepal, then we went to Brunei, then Malaysia."


"In my eyes, you have hundreds of friends in different places."


"I’m used to moving now and mixing with the children... I’ve done it so many times, it’s just a normal thing now."


"It's ok talking over skype and that, but sometimes you just want a hug when Dad is away."


"I’ve enjoyed going around to lots of places around the world, it's adventurous and exciting."


"In my eyes, you have hundreds of friends in different places."


"My mum got a chalk board and it says how many sleeps on it with chalk, every minute it’s getting closer for him coming home."


"I don’t want him to get promoted... I want him to get promoted but I don’t want to leave."


"I might be going to boarding school so that I don’t change schools every few years."


"I've been to seven different schools; I’ve not stayed put in one school long enough."


"He has been away for six months and he is back for two weeks, then he goes away again."


"My parents were in the Army. My mum is a like a nurse and my dad went to the war in Afghanistan. I actually didn’t really know what he was doing so I was like, ‘Cool Dad, go there,’ but then I found out and thought, 'Thank God he came back alive.'"


"He signed off last week, so he will be done by the end of this year. He’s done 24 years. I find that better because he will be around a lot. He likes watching us playing rugby, so he will get to see us more."


"I’m going to a new place entirely. They don’t know anything about me and that’s a big restart and that’s really good for me."


"I moved to Wales because my dad was posted in the Army. I thought I would get bullied and I was shy when you meet new people, but I made some friends."