Home-Start South Wiltshire was set up in 1999 to provide a high quality service for families living in the former Salisbury District Council Area from Larkhill in the north to Downton in the south, from Mere in the west to Whiteparish in the east.
Home-Start South Wiltshire is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Overseen by our local volunteer trustees and committee members our aim is to give children under 5 the best possible start in life by helping parents to manage daily life through strengthening relationships and widening their links within their local community.
Home-Start South Wiltshire works with parent volunteers to provide a community-based model of support for families with young children, tailored to the family’s needs. The Home-Start model offers one-to-one support and friendship to other parents through volunteer home visiting, family and specialist groups and social activities.
What We Do
We support families with at least one child under the age of 5 through our dedicated home-visiting volunteers.
Our co-ordinators are responsible for the day-to-day recruitment, training and support of the volunteers as well as liaising with referrers.
Our Scheme is run by a Board of Trustees, who oversee our activities, providing strategic, funding and governance advice.
Who We Help
Volunteers support local families facing a variety of difficulties, including loneliness and isolation; ill health; post-natal depression; disabilities; bereavement; relationship difficulties; lone-parenting and coping with several pre-school children.
Meet The Trustees
Prue Castle – Chair
I am a parent of two grown up daughters and have lived in and around Salisbury for 16 years. I am an Architectural Designer and as I began to reduce my workload I was keen to become involved with a charity that was involved with helping families and children. As a recently appointed Trustee of Home-Start South Wilts I look forward to spending increasing amounts of time helping this worthwhile charity.
Aileen Roberts – Chair
When I retired from teaching I wanted to work with a charity that was involved with young children. I was introduced to the amazing work that Home-Start South Wiltshire do and immediately wanted to help. I have three grown up children of my own and, being a military family ourselves, understand some of the issues some families face.
Having made my permanent home in Wiltshire, I joined the Board of Trustees two years ago and enjoy working with a great team, supporting this vital charity.
I am a mum of two, one 27 and one 14 year old. I have lived in the Salisbury area for 14 years. I have been involved in various different fundraising events over the last 18 years. Home-Start South Wiltshire does such valuable work with parents and children. It was an easy decision to join the board as a trustee to help fundraise.
I joined HSSW in 2013. I had worked with Becky in my previous role and I was impressed with HSSW and the caring services offered to families in our community. I have worked in Wiltshire for 10 years and with children and families for the last 25 years. Now that my children have flown the nest, I have some time to “give back” and hopefully support others who are bringing up the next generation. I enjoy my role as a Trustee and being part of this organisation.
I became involved with HSSW in 2018 having fairly recently returned to the area. I spent several years working for family services in Cambridgeshire, including as a Home Start Coordinator, so it was a natural step to make contact in Salisbury. It has always been a privilege to participate in work that enables people to grow in confidence and bring about change in their own lives and local communities. I am very pleased to be part of the strong and committed work that it undertaken by this scheme in Wiltshire and have seen the effect of its work and the place it holds in service provision here.
My professional background is in primary schools in London and Wiltshire as both teacher and headteacher; a hugely rewarding career. Providing the very best opportunities for children has been at the heart of all I do, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to use my skills and experience to support the work of Home-Start as a member of the Board of Trustees. My own three children are now grown up; either studying or working away from home now.
Board of Trustees
Being a Trustee is a responsible position but very rewarding. It gives opportunities for personal development and the chance to give something back to your local community. Without volunteer Trustees, the South Wiltshire scheme could not operate and both families and children would not get the support they need.
It is responsible for setting the scheme’s vision and strategic objectives, for ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, for reviewing and assessing the performance and quality of the scheme and for ensuring that it operates within the Home-Start Agreement.
The Board is also responsible for the scheme’s property, financial management and security, for all governance matters, for the promotion of Home-Start and for the recruitment and ongoing management of staff. The Board’s role is to ensure that the resources in the charity are used effectively to further the objectives of Home-Start in accordance with the expectations of fund-providers.
What kind of people are Home-Start Trustees?
Our Trustees come from all walks of life, bringing their experience and individual skills to our scheme. Typically they live locally or have a strong affiliation with South West Wiltshire. The skills that are in demand are business planning, fundraising, publicity, business and personnel management, finance, Marketing and communications.
However you don’t need specific qualifications to be a Trustee. Common sense, an ability to operate effectively as a member of a Board, team-working, an understanding of the pressures facing parents today and a genuine interest in supporting parents in our community are just as important.