Home-Start (Down District) - Downpatrick Home Start - Down

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Contact Information

Offices 14-15 Innovation House, Down Business Park. 46 Belfast Road, Downpatrick, Co Down, BT30 9UP
Contact Person
Dorothy McMullan
Telephone Number
028 4461 5727
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Additional Information

Home-Start Down District which includes Downpatrick, Ballynahinch, Castlewellan and Newcastle helps families who have at least one child under the age of five and who are going through a difficult time. Families are support for many different reasons including:- • Loneliness and isolation • Multiple births or several pre-school children • Ill health or disability of a child or a parent • First time parenting • Postnatal illness • Family bereavement • Relationship difficulti Home Start offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in local communities. Home Start offers a unique service, recruiting and training volunteers-who are usually parents themselves-to visit families at home who have at least one child under 5 to offer informal, friendly and confidential support. To help give children the best possible start in life, Home Start supports parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationship with their children and widen their links with the local community. Home-Start Downpatrick provides a Home Visiting service and the Incredible Years Programme Home-Start Ballynahinch provides the Home Visiting service and playgroups in following venues: Home Start office 10b Lisburn Street the Family Group runs on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10-12noon. Crossgar - Glasswater Primary School John Street Wednesday 10-12 Drumaness- in Dan Rice Hall Thursday 10-12 Newcastle Home-Start also provides the Home Visiting befriending service and their Family Groups runs in: The Castlewellan Community Centre Monday & Tuesday’s 10-12noon Kairos Centre above Xtra Vision in Newcastle Thursdays 10-12noon.
Available to Age Groups
All Ages
Category of Services
  • Family Support
Areas covered
  • Down
Method of Access (Referral)
  • GP
  • Health Visitor
  • Hospital
  • School
  • Self
  • Social Worker

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