About Us

The Home-Start Approach

We believe that children need a happy and secure childhood and that parents and carers play the key role in giving their children a good starting life and helping them to achieve their potential.

We provide a unique service; recruiting and training volunteers who themselves have parenting experience, to work with families in their own homes, building supportive relationship and responding directly to the family’s individual needs.

A network of Home-Start schemes throughout the UK offer support within local areas, to help children to get the best start in life. Each scheme is independently funded, managed locally and has the support of our national organisation Home-Start UK. Home-Start Horizons has a proven, lasting, positive impact on the development of children and the health and welfare of the family.

Our volunteers

The work that we do would not be possible without the commitment and kind generosity of our volunteers who offer their time, help, support and friendship to vulnerable families in Leicester, Charnwood, Melton and Rutland, Blaby District Oadby and Wigston every week.

Our trustees

Who volunteer their time, skills and experience and are responsible for ensuring that Home-Start Horizons continues to maintain its high standards of practice.

Co-Chairs, Adrienne Holland and Sarah Bowie. The Chair(s) holds the Board and Executive Team to account for the Home-Start Horizon’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity.

Vice Chair, Helen Everett. Supports and deputises for the Chair and a Trustee with a focus on and experience of working in Leicester City.


Rod Pearson
Rod Pearson

Roderick Pearson. Prior to his retirement in 2015 Rod worked for Leicester City Council as Head of Finance for Adult Social Care, Housing and Public Health. Rod is proud to be a trustee for Homestart Horizons an organisation which, thanks to its dedicated volunteers and staff, can make a real difference to people’s lives.

Our funders without whom we simply would not be here. Our thanks to…

  • The Henry Smith Charity
  • The Tudor Trust
  • Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales
  • Big Lottery