This is a local family support charity, dedicated to give children a brighter future. Trained volunteers visit families at home every week in order to help them cope with issues ranging from mental health to isolation and abuse. They provide practical and emotional support to help parents overcome these challenges and to give disadvantaged children the best possible start in life.

They operate in Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex.

“In times of need I have always felt confident that I could reach out to Home-Start CHAMS and they would help". A quote from supported family.

Did you know...

Home-Start CHAMS has been supporting vulnerable children and their families for 20 years.

Each year their volunteers help hundreds of young children and their families, including:

  • The little boy whose sister is so severely disabled that the family can rarely leave the house

  • The 3 children who fled with their young Mum to escape domestic violence, and now live in poverty and rural isolation

  • The young boy struggling to cope with the death of his mother following a fatal accident

It is a sad reality that Home-Start CHAMS have to turn away almost half of the families that come to them for help, due to lack of resources.

The team are working hard to raise enough funds to be able to help every family that needs them.

What makes Home-Start CHAMS different

A big part of what makes this charity different, is their special, generous and dedicated group of volunteers. With the help of Home-Start CHAMS, their volunteers are able to transform the lives of vulnerable children

“Volunteering has given me a real sense of satisfaction. My work with Home-Start gives me the opportunity to help others, as I’ve been helped in the past." A quote from a volunteer.

Other ways to support Home-Start CHAMS

Sign up to volunteer. Home-Start’s volunteers are a lifeline for families and there are lots of ways to get involved. You can visit parents and children in their homes, help at our family groups, become a trustee, help fundraise, and so much more.

With the support of Home-Start staff, you could help turn a family’s life around.

“The first time we met our volunteer the twins had just been discharged from intensive care so her help could not have come at a better time. Her emotional and practical support was invaluable to me in those early days." A quote from supported family.


Longley House 2, International Drive, Southgate Avenue
RH10 6AQ

Contact Number

01293 416327