On the hunt for young trustees

Home-Start West Lothian is on the hunt for young trustees. Manager Allie Cherry-Byrnes explains why she is using Trustees’ Week to step up her search.Read more

Time to end “poverty by design”

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation report Poverty in Scotland 2018 confirms one-in-four children in Scotland is living in poverty and most come from households where someone is working – this just isn’t right.Read more

Naughty is not nice – especially when you’re in Primary 1

Sue Palmer, a leading figure in the play-based education movement in Scotland, reminds us why we should question the way formal schooling affects very young children.Read more

Tears before test time

Shelagh Young, Director of Home-Start UK in Scotland, reflects on the challenges parents face in deciding what is best for their children, and why we are putting our focus on children learning through play.Read more

Enabling mums to build a strong and nurturing community

Home-Start Perth is playing a key role in ensuring more babies are breastfed for longer with Breast Buddies, a peer support programme.Read more

Families first – however they are created

Alan Webb, Chair of Home-Start Glasgow North, explains the new connections this Home-Start is making to help them get it right for every child in any family.Read more

Everyone needs a friend

Helen-Jane has just completed the Home-Start Volunteer Training Course and blogs for us during Volunteers WeekRead more

Poverty, attainment and the home learning environment

When the Education and Skills Committee launched an inquiry into attainment and achievement in school-age children experiencing poverty we said: It’s not all about school.Read more

How can we better support bereaved fathers?

An astonishing number of men under the age of 65 experience the death of a life partner in Scotland every year. Many of these are fathers and some still have dependent children.Read more

Child Poverty Targets – a hit or a miss?

How optimistic should we be about reversing the increase in child poverty in Scotland? Jenny Duncan from Child Poverty Action Group describes the challenge as “difficult but not impossible”.Read more