Today families living in Aberdeen face more pressures than ever including poverty, poor mental health, social isolation, illness and disability, bereavement, relationship breakdown and parenting skills.
Our challenge is to respond to families’ needs and ensure that difficulties and challenges don’t escalate into crises and family breakdown.
Our solution is to give families the right support from the right person at the right time.
What happens in a child’s earliest years will affect the rest of their lives. Young children need nutrition, good health, safety and security, responsive care and early learning opportunities to support their growth and development.
Our trained volunteers work alongside the whole family to make sure that parents have the skills, knowledge and resources they need to give their children the best possible start in life.
Our support can be practical – helping establish routines and boundaries; helping families access other services; providing socialising opportunities for children and parents. Or it can be emotional – providing reassurance and encouragement; supporting parents with mental ill health; helping to improve family relationships.
Every year we support over 200 families with children aged under 5. Our work focuses on 4 key outcomes.
Our small but dedicated team is usually based in our office at Langstane House, 6 Dee Street Aberdeen.
Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. We have over 100 volunteers working with us in a variety of roles, all making a difference to the lives of young children and their families
Before Jamie was helped by Home-Start Aberdeen she was faced with her daughter’s challenging behaviour and fussy eating, which was putting their whole family at risk.
Our charity shop is located in the heart of the city at 101 George Street, opposite the John Lewis building, and it’s a great place to bag a bargain. Shop profits are used to help fund our work supporting families in Aberdeen.