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Thinking of making a referral?

Please contact us in the first instance to ensure there is a volunteer available, then complete our referral form and send it to:

Are you unsure about the families Home-Start can support? You may be interested in looking at our booklet “A Referrer's Guide” to the UK's leading family support service.

Home-Start Lorn will accept a referral from any source as long as:

  • The family has at least one child under the age of five
  • The family is suffering stress or experiencing difficulties (whatever the reason)
  • The family have given their consent
Click here to download our referral form.

Home-Start Lorn works alongside other agencies from both the statutory and voluntary sector, and receives referrals from:

  • Health Visitors
  • Social Services
  • Education
  • Nurseries/family centres
  • Community Psychiatric Nurses
  • Other voluntary organisations, e.g. Soroba Young Family Centre, Women’s Aid.

Families are also able to refer themselves.

Once a family has been referred and a referral form has been completed, the co-ordinator will arrange to visit the family to discuss their needs and answer any questions they may have. The co-ordinator will then endeavour to 'match' the family as quickly as possible with a suitable volunteer, who will be introduced to the family and will visit weekly at an agreed time for as long as there is a need.


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