Home-Start Southwark is a voluntary organisation in which volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to young families under stress in their own homes, helping to prevent family crisis or breakdown. Volunteers, who are parents or have parenting experience, understand that sometimes family life can be tough and that is why their support can be so valuable in helping another family. Volunteers are central to the Home-Start service. They give a high level of commitment and reliability and in return receive high quality preparation and ongoing training, supervision and support from Home-Start Co-ordinators. Anyone who has been a parent or carer of children under 5 is welcome to volunteer.