Home-Start UK Scotland is one of nine organisations to receive funding from a Scottish Government fund focused on tackling social isolation and loneliness.

 Home-Start UK Scotland Director, Christine Carlin said:

“Home-Start recognises the devastating impact of loneliness and isolation on mental health, relationships and on the wellbeing of families overall.  We support thousands of families and young children across Scotland each year, and families connecting with Home-Start often identify loneliness and isolation as a significant negative factor in their lives.”

“Being cut off from the support and company of friends and family, alongside difficulties accessing limited services, has left many parents feeling abandoned and alone.  It is true that loneliness was made worse by the impact of the COVID19 pandemic and extended lockdown; but sadly, for many people, loneliness existed long before and will continue long after the pandemic response. 

“So we are delighted to receive this support from The Scottish Government.   Home-Starts across Scotland will be using this funding to focus particularly on helping young parents to build their confidence and to engage with their communities.”