More than 2,000 families, which include around 4,000 children, are being supported by over 1,000 volunteers in 32 local Home-Starts in Scotland.
Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.
Home-Start delivers the Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach and is ideally placed to help the Scottish Government and others build stronger communities and brighter futures for all Scotland’s children. Home-Start knows that well-trained volunteers complement the early years workforce, significantly contributing to the support families receive and enabling them to access services when they are most needed.
Home-Start was founded in 1973. The first Home-Start in Scotland started work in Perth in 1984.
In the past year Home-Start supported more than 3,000 families, with around 5,800 children in Scotland.Read more
Home-visiting support, delivered by a volunteer in a family’s own home, is at the heart of what Home-Start does.Read more
One of the most important roles played by a Home-Start volunteer is to help people access local services in their area.Read more
Home-Start UK is committed to working more effectively with more dads and male carers in Scotland over the next three years.Read more
Our blog will raise awareness of the need for family support and the difference small acts of kindness make to people’s lives.Read more
How we work towards Getting It Right For Every Child by supporting parents to cope with adversity and build resilience.Read more
Find your nearest Home-Start in ScotlandRead more
Contact details for our Edinburgh officeRead more
Home-Start’s first Scotland manifesto reveals families referred for help are more likely to be facing food poverty than anywhere else in UK.Read more