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To prepare you for family support, you will need to attend this training programme delivered by our experienced Home-Start team at different locations in Southwark.

The course includes: parenting skills, safeguarding and protecting children, support for new mums, getting ready for nursery and school, listening skills, values and attitudes, the role of the volunteer, and confidentiality. Light refreshments will be provided and we will refund reasonable expenses you incur to attend.

The next 8-day training course will run 10.00am to 2:00pm on:

  • 1st, 8th & 22nd May 2019
  • 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th June 2019

Session will take place at: John Keats Primary School, 391 Rotherhithe New Road, London SE16 3FN



Once you have completed the Volunteer Preparation Course and started volunteering, we offer a range of ongoing training on a variety of topics, such as autism, maternal mental health and domestic violence. Please note that this course is only available for trained Home-Start Southwark volunteers.

New training opportunities will be published soon. 



Our Volunteer Support Groups are open to all trained Home-Start Southwark volunteers. They provides an opportunity to meet other volunteers, share experiences and ideas and discuss topics of interest related to volunteering for Home-Start.

Upcoming dates to be published soon.

 For more information and to apply visit how to become a volunteer or contact us on 020 7737 7720 |




Twins & Multiple Birth Group

Every Wednesday 9.30am – 11.30am (term-time only)

Albighton Community Centre, 37 Albrighton Road,  London SE22 8AH

This is a time for parents to talk about how they are doing and gain tips from each other on sleeping patterns, development, useful equipment etc. It also provides a brief respite from the constant demands, as the workers and parents all keep a watchful eye on the children. There are regular visits from other practitioners, who give information and guidance and answer any questions or concerns, the families may have.


Mellow Parenting

The Mellow Parenting programme runs once a year for Southwark parents with children between the ages of 1 & 5 and who are experiencing parenting difficulties or relationship problems. As a parent, the programme will help you deal with emotional difficulties relating to your own experiences of having been parented as well as to facilitate changes in your approach to parenting.

The programme runs once a year, one day a week, for 12 to 14 weeks. For more  information and to find out when the next programme is please visit the What’s On page or contact us on 0207 737 7720


For more details please contact us on 020 7737 7720 |





This is a free book scheme launched in 1995 and it’s now available in Southwark through a partnership between local company DialAFlight, Southwark Council and Dolly Parton.

Dolly_Parton_books_240-Every Southwark child born in 2017 and 2018 is eligible to join this free book scheme. Once registered, your baby will receive a book in the post every single month until their fifth birthday. There is absolutely no cost to you.

– Looking at books together and reading is a great way to have fun and share a special moment with your baby.
– It can encourage a love of reading that will last a lifetime.
– Reading will help your child’s brain development. It’s never too early to start.
– Children learn to love the sound of language from birth. Reading stories aloud stimulates imagination and expands their understanding of the world. Research shows that children who read are better prepared for school.

To register online please visit the Dolly Partons Imagination Library page on the Southwark website.

Alternatively you can email your details to: Please include the child’s name, gender, date of birth, address, parent’s name, email address and phone number.