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Home Start Rochdale and Bury

Across the UK thousands of Home Start volunteers visit families at home each week, supporting parents in situations as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or those who are just finding parenting a struggle. They provide non judgemental practical and emotional support and help build the family’s confidence and ability to cope. 

What we do

Our volunteers help parents going through difficult times including:

  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Coping with twins, triplets or several pre-school children
  • Ill health
  • Disability or special needs
  • Lone parenting
  • First time parenthood or new babies
  • Postnatal illness
  • Children's behavioural problems

Any family living in Rochdale, Pennines, Heywood and Middleton with a child pre-birth to 12 years of age, can access support from an experienced parent volunteer who can visit them at home.

We have a team of dedicated, skilled volunteers who all have parenting experience, who visit families at home for 2-3 hours per week. Volunteers are trained and checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service prior to being matched with families.

You could benefit from Home-Start’s help if:

  • You are feeling lonely, or isolated in your community, have no family nearby and are struggling to make friends.
  • You are finding it hard to cope if your child is ill or because you are ill.
  • You have been hit hard by the death of a loved one.
  • You are struggling with the emotional and physical demands of having a baby, young children, twins or triplets.
  • You need help with practical things like budgeting or healthy eating.
  • You’d like to get to know what is available for parents and children locally but don’t know where to go or don’t have the confidence to find out or join in.
  • You’d like to find out about local further education courses but don’t know where to start.

What happens next?

  1. After asking for our support you will meet one of our local Coordinators who will carefully match you with one of our volunteers.
  2. Your volunteer will visit you at home for a couple of hours a week.
  3. You choose to have a Home-Start volunteer and you decide when Home-Start support should stop.
  4. You can also join in our family group or social activities if you want to.

Autism support for families with children aged 0-12 years

Home visiting support

Home visiting support is available for families with children pre-birth to 12 years, who have an Autism Spectrum Condition. We also support families who are on the Autism Pathway and going through assessment process.

Our experienced coordinator, support worker and also our trained parent volunteers all live or work with children who are on the spectrum, so they understand how difficult and challenging this can be. Emotional support and practical help is offered to families whilst introducing coping strategies and tools to help reduce stress.

Sam’s Sibs support group

This group is for children aged 6 to 15 years who have a sibling on the Autism Spectrum.

We will:

  • Help children and young people to understand more about how their sibling sees the world.
  • Provide a safe environment where they can make time for themselves, “make friends and have fun”.
  • Encourage participation in events such as sports, arts and crafts and other group activities.
  • Deliver group support sessions during term time, free of charge.

Group support for parent/carers

  • This informal group session is for parents whose child is attending Sam’s Sib’s Support Group.
  • The group meets at the same time as Sam’s Sib’s, to allow parents to meet others who are in a similar situation.
  • Come along, make new friends and share your experiences.
  • All sessions are supported by our experienced parent volunteers.

For further information please contact Sam Freeman (Coordinator for Autism and Behavioural Difficulties) on: 01706 436143 or email

Rochdale Autism and ADHD Support Service group drop-in sessions

For any parent/carer of children with Autism, ADHD, additional needs/disabilities.

Parents can discuss their concerns, strategies and information is available as well as a listening ear. Groups are free to attend, refreshments and breakfast are provided. Children under five or home educated are welcome.


ST Georges Church Hall, Bury Road, Oakenrod, Rochdale, OL11 4ED

Time: 12pm – 2pm


Thursday 30 June

Thursday 29 September

Thursday 3 November

Thursday 1 December


Moorhouse Academy, Crossley Street, Milnrow, Rochdale, OL16 4DR

Time: 9am – 11am


Friday 8 July

Friday 9 September

Friday 7 October

Friday 11 November

Friday 9 December


Burnside Community Centre, Burnside Crescent, Langley, M24 5NN

Time: 9.30am – 11.30am


Tuesday 12 July

Tuesday 13 September

Tuesday 11 October

Tuesday 15 November

Tuesday 13 December


Trinity Methodist Church Bethel Street, Heywood, OL10 1HU

Time: 9.30am – 11.30am.


Monday 18 July

Monday 19 September

Monday 17 October

Monday 21 November

Monday 19 December

For more information contact Sam Freeman. Email: Tel: 07582 785639. 

Support for families with low level mental health difficulties

Any family referred to Home-Start for support to help improve their emotional wellbeing will be visited by one of our Coordinators within one week, subject to being able to book an appointment.

We have a dedicated Family Support Worker and experienced volunteers who can provide help with anxiety, depression, isolation, phobias, relationship difficulties and attending appointments.

Friendship, emotional and practical help will be provided initially for 6 weeks and then reviewed to assess any additional support which may be required. Parents who want to continue with additional support, may then want to access help from one of our parent volunteers.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Donna Arden-McKenna
Contact Position
01706 629651
07925 129136 Office Mobile

Where to go

Name of venue
Arrow Mill
Venue address
Office OP2
OL11 2YW

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm

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