Letter to First Minister urging her to double the child bridging payments.

Home-Start Scotland has joined 120 others to sign a letter to the First Minister urging her to double the Scottish child payment bridging payments. Read more

Becoming a Home-Start trustee during a pandemic

Ellie became a trustee for Home-Start Stirling during the pandemic. Here she reflects on the experience, and explains how joining the board at such a critical time showed her the charity at it's best. Read more

Home-Start Scotland joins call to make Family Support a right

Home-Start Scotland has signed a letter alongside 27 other children and families charities urging political parties to recognise all families’ right to support. Read the blog. Read more

Home-Start Scotland calls for new commitment to end child poverty in Scotland

With more families now at risk of sliding into poverty as a result of the pandemic, Home-Start Scotland have joined forces with the End Child Poverty Coalition to call for all political parties to commit to a new manifesto to tackle the issue. Read more

Finding space for grief

“People who have died remain a part of our lives – their stories are our stories, yet many Scottish traditions relating to the expression of loss and remembrance have faded over time.” Read more

Child poverty reduction in light of Scottish Government actions

Home-Start Scotland is pleased to see a reduction in child poverty as a result of actions taken by the Scottish Government. We welcome the range of additional measures taken in response to new challenges for families due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more

Summer days, but changed services for families

Sarah De Rees from the Orkney Islands’ Home-Start team updates on the impact of Phase 3 and the continuing resilience of families in the face of the pandemic Read more

We feel united. We will come out of this together - Life under lockdown in Orkney

Orkney is a collection of 70 islands, of which 20 are inhabited. Our islands have a strong sense of community. But for many vulnerable individuals being part of such a close community with a relatively small population comes with incredible challenges. Read more

From chaos to calm – One Mum’s Home-Start journey

Health visitors play a crucial role in referring families to their local Home-Start. They are often the first to notice when a family might be struggling and can suggest that a Home-Start volunteer could help. Debbie French, a Health Visitor at West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership, explains how referring to Home-Start helped one family she worked with. Read more

Home-Start and the #CareReview

As Scotland’s Independent Care Review releases its major report on our social care services, Home-Start in Scotland shares our recommendations for how those services should adapt to make Scotland the best place in the world for our children to grow up. Read more