Tammi Gale, Organiser for Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport, Dorchester and Beaminster, described at the recent LymeForward meeting the support that could be given (if appropriate volunteers were available) to families with a child under 5 by Home Start..For more details see http://www.homestartwestdorset.co.uk/ and this leaflet.Tammi described how volunteer parents (a crucial requirement) receive 40 hours of training and are then matched with a family who on average receive support for 2-3 hours a week for 6-12 months. The outcomes were increased self-esteem and confidence in own abilities. No magic, basically replacing what communities and families used to do.There have been issues in becoming known in Lyme Regis (both to potential users and possible volunteers), but thanks to help from Cheryl Reynolds, 12 people are now starting a 10 week course with another 18 interested. Once trained and assessed, they would be ready to start work by next Spring. LymeForward and others could help by pubslicising both the need for volunteers and the possibility of support. Tammi's contact details are email@example.com, 01303 265072/07977 046504.