Home-Start Manchester – Coronavirus

Updated statement;

To our families, volunteers, referrers and other partners,

The sun is shining and there is light at the end of the tunnel! Our team is currently working in hard in preparation to very cautiously resume home visiting from mid-May, subject to the Government roadmap. Because this is a complicated process in terms of managing the risk and anxieties of families, volunteers and staff we will be ‘recovering’ at a slow pace, giving priority to those families for whom hands on support is most needed. We will also be prioritising families where the children are engaged with fewer services, particularly younger infants. There will, of course, be circumstances where socially distanced or virtual support is still the only option and we envisage a blend of home visiting with this type of support being a longer-term offer. Unsurprisingly, we already have a long list of families waiting for support and this is only going to increase. Here is a reminder of our referral process. We encourage you to pick up the phone if you want to check estimated waiting times or want to talk through the appropriateness of a referral.

Shelley Roberts – Chief Executive Officer