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

Fatherhood and a shifting culture

Ryan Warren is the only full-time Dads’ worker in Glasgow. With the culture around fatherhood changing, the services being offered need to change as well. Dads are no longer just provider and enforcer – they are an important and integral part of the family. If we are going to get it right for every child we need to be doing more to support dad. Read more

Home-Start Scotland supports call for incorporation of UNCRC in law

Home-Start Scotland, along with 35 other charities in Scotland, has signed a letter to the Minister of Children and Young People, Maree Todd, to incorporate the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Children (UNCRC) into Scots law before the end of this session of parliament in 2021. Read more

Home-Start Scotland welcomes UNCRC pledge

Home-Start Scotland welcomes the Scottish Government’s pledge to incorporate the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into domestic law and prioritise children’s rights across the country. Read more

Who Cares? being there for people with experience of the care system

Loneliness is something that affects all new mothers. In this blog Lee Davidson, a Care Experienced parent now on the board of Who Cares? Scotland, reflects on her own experience of HomeStart Scotland and the value of becoming a member of Who Cares? Read more

You need to be brave to be vulnerable

Before Jamie was helped by Home-Start Aberdeen she was facing her daughter’s challenging behaviour and fussy eating which was putting their whole family at risk. Read more