Home-Start Merton: Support and Friendship for Families

November 21, 2018

For our Festive Fun event next month we’re joining up with Home-Start Merton, a vital resource supporting local families who are experiencing stress or difficulties meeting the needs of their children. Find out more about the charity and their work.
Facts about Families:
  • London is one of the richest cities in the world but has the highest rates of child poverty in the UK. In 2018 the capital continues to experience a demonstrable increase in child poverty;
  • 60% of children living in poverty, with at least one working adult, (Childhood Trust London Child Poverty Report 2018);
  • As of January 2018, 32% of children are living in poverty in Mitcham and Morden;
  • 50% of adult mental ill health starts at the age of 15 and 75% has started before the age of 18;
  • The quality of adult mental health is built on the foundations laid in the early years. Children as young as four are suffering with mental health issues, panic attacks, anxiety and depression;
  • Although poverty or low income are a reality for many families, isolation, post-natal depression, domestic abuse, poor parenting, disability, financial difficulties, benefit caps and mental health can impact on families well-being regardless of wealth, ethnicity or age;
  • The children are often the victim of their parents worries but powerless to do anything.
Why Home-Start Services are needed:


Home-Start is the UK’s leading family support charity, and the demand for their service continues to rise. Since the austerity measures imposed on local authorities in 2016 and their need to save money, services have diminished or changed significantly. Families who do not meet the social care criteria are often left without support. Families struggling with financial difficulties often present with contributing factors of depression, domestic abuse and relationship difficulties. Poor mental health of parents is often the reason families are referred from schools, GP’s, community navigators, health visitors, mental health teams and also families self-refer. Home-Start have seen an increase in women reporting pre- and post-natal depression, mental ill health, domestic abuse and a high level of children with diagnosis of Asperger’s, Autism, ADHD and behavioural issues.

How Home-Start Helps:

Home-Start’s early intervention model enables and empowers parents to grow in confidence in their parenting role, improving the outcomes for children. Volunteers work alongside families rather than “doing for” to encourage families to function independently. The support Home-Start offers is delivered within the family home, where parents feel relaxed enough to open up about their issues within their own safe environment.


  • Helps parents gain improved coping strategies, improving their overall well-being;
  • Helps parents increase their confidence and improve their ability to make better choices as a result of accessing home visiting support;
  • Helps families feel more confident through effective use of the support and services within the community;
  • Empowers parent’s strengths and well-being for the ultimate benefit for their children.


If it wasn’t for Home-Start my child and I would not be here today.” – Family


Support us in supporting this fantastic organisation: 

Home-Start is our chosen charity for our Festive Event. We are encouraging audience members to purchase a gift from the toy shop, wrap it, and place it under the Polka Christmas Tree to be passed on to families in our community in time for Christmas. For more information about the event click here.