About us

Home-Start Knowsley is an independent charity established 23 years ago to support local families with at least one child under the age of eleven. We offer a proven model of peer-led early help in the home to prevent crisis and build family resilience. We aim to ensure that every parent has the support they need so their children have the best start in life, including a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment to thrive in, reducing the risk of ACES.

One of our organisation’s strengths is the diverse range of services and support programmes we are able to offer throughout Knowsley. As an early intervention charity, we help families to flourish by supporting them to prioritise what they would like to achieve and put an Individual Support Plan in place that is meaningful and identifies strategies that will make lifetime changes for all the family.

How we can help

A trained volunteer offers friendship as well as practical and emotional support. This is done in the family home and enables the family to cope with the pressures they  are facing, and can help to reduce any crises.

Individual support by trained volunteers

Volunteers or Family Support Workers support families and their children in a way the family finds most useful. This could mean time to talk, help with the children, getting out into the community, practical help, reassurance or even the chance to meet other families.

Other Support

We now run different types of support alongside homevisitng support.  Please see list below:

  • Time for Me Mindfulness and Wellbeing sessions for adults. example of sessions. wreath making, aromatherapy, baking, cooking, introduction to hypnotherapy.
  • Parent and Toddler Group every Thursday morning during term time
  • Jigsaw Tots every Tuesday morning during term time. (Parent and Toddler Group for children with complex needs, no diagnosis needed)
  • Baby Yoga – 5 weekly sessions of Mother and Baby yoga for babies up to 4 months old.
  • Baby Massage – 5 weekly sessions of baby massage from 6 weeks old.
  • Bump and Baby – Supporting Knowsley Parents from pregnancy – 2 years throughout Knowsley – See timetable for times and venues.
  • Counselling Service – We now have our own Counsellor that we can refer the families we are working with to.
  • Holiday Allsorts – Family fun activities during school holidays.
  • Jigsaw Families – Family fun activities for parents/carers with children with complex needs
  • Jigsaw Coffee Mornings – Adults support group for parents/carers with children with complex needs, no diagnosis needed.
  • Home-Start Cook-A-long – A 4 week cooking course for parents/carer.Cooking easy, nutritious and affordable meals using slow cookers.  Slow cooker will be provided.
  • Parenting Course – Occassionally we will run a 6 week course with a creche facility, for parents who want to explore and enhance their parenting skills.
  • Fit 4 Life – Occassionally we will run a 7 week course on Health and Wellbeing for parents/carers with a creche facility.

If you are a parent or carer of a child under the age of 11 and are experiencing some difficulty, and would like to know more about how we might be able to support you please call us on 0151 480 3910 or send an email.

You can download leaflets below