Welcome to Home-Start West Somerset

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Home-Start is a voluntary organisation offering support, friendship and practical help to families at home with children under seven.

Here at Home-Start West Somerset, we support families from Minehead to Watchet and from Porlock to Dulverton!


Bumpstart - giving your child a chance

Bump-Start is our innovative early intervention programme using volunteers to support families through pregnancy, the birth experience and during the first year of their baby’s life.

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Big Hopes, Big Future - supporting parents and their children to be 'ready for school'

Big Hope Big Future aims to enable Home-Start volunteers to promote parental engagement with their children to support them to be ready for school.

Volunteers will support families to:

  • Establish good routines,
  • Help parents to manage children’s behaviour,
  • Encourage parents to focus on raising levels of early literacy.
More about Big Hope Big Future!


Jump-Start is a friendly and informal parent-lead support group who meet once a month.

More about Jump-Start!


Story-Start encourages families to read, tell stories, sing, rhyme and encourages imagination in a once a month book club held at different locations across West Somerset.

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Pop Up and PEEP In

Supporting Parents and families with their babies and children to learn together, building on the skills and opportunities that are all around us to enhance their learning outcomes.

More about Opo Up and PEEP In!