Marathon man raises money for local charity

An Aberdeen man performed his personal best time running the virtual Edinburgh marathon and raising over £1,900 for Home-Start Aberdeen.

Tim Barclay raised over £960 which has been match funded by his employer Barratt Homes.  A total of £1,945 was recently presented to events fundraiser Karen Smith to support the charity’s work with Aberdeen based families with young children who are struggling to cope with the challenges they face.  This includes support for families affected by social isolation, bereavement, relationship problems, illness, disability and financial hardship.

The 2020 Edinburgh marathon was delayed and rescheduled a number of times due to Covid-19 and finally went ahead as a virtual event at the end of May this year.

“It was a real challenge to stay motivated and maintain fitness levels over a sustained period of time with the continued uncertainty of the timing of the event,” said Tim.  I must admit I was relieved to finally complete it. The virtual aspect was strange and I certainly missed the atmosphere you get from the crowds at a live event but there was some camaraderie from others I met along the route and that kept me going.

“I’m well aware of the good work that Home-Start Aberdeen does locally in the community across Aberdeen.  I’ve experienced the positive impact that volunteers have on the families they support and I’m really pleased to have been able to make a difference with the funds we’ve raised.  Thank you to all those who supported and sponsored me and to Barratts for their generous contribution.”

Tim, who has previously competed in the London and Inverness marathons, ran the 26.2 miles from Aberdeen to Crathes in a personal best of 3 hours, 19 minutes and 58 seconds.

“We’re so grateful for individuals like Tim who take on these challenges that help raise vital funds for the work we do with families in Aberdeen,” commented Karen Smith from Home-Start. The loss of events over the last 18-months has had a significant impact on charitable fundraising but so many individuals have continued to engage in new and virtual events and fundraising challenges to support charities like ours, it’s just fantastic and we can’t thank them all enough.”

We’re currently seeking any keen runners who would still like to run the ‘virtual’ London marathon in October and raise funds for a local cause.  There are 3 remaining places available and anyone interested should contact Karen Smith at fundraiser@homestartaberdeen.org.uk

For over 30 years Home-Start Aberdeen has provided crucial help for struggling young families, who have at least one child under the age of five.


St Margaret’s girls make an impact on local charity

Leading family support charity, Home-Start Aberdeen praised the efforts, contribution and impact that a group of senior girls at St Margaret’s School has had on the charity and local families it supports in the community.

Throughout the academic year the six girls participated in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Scotland, which is run by The Wood Foundation and supported by BP in the north-east.  This week YPI Scotland has been encouraging schools, students, charities and communities to celebrate the impact, contribution, passion and creativity young people have continued to demonstrate through the initiative, during a very challenging year.

Representing Home-Start Aberdeen the girls researched, created and presented an innovative presentation about the charity and its work to a panel of judges, successfully securing the winning prize of £3,000 to donate towards the charity’s work. 

On behalf of the group, Divinewill Nwugo said: “Working with Home-Start has been a thrilling and enlightening experience. It enabled my group and I to help a charity that was helping people who were struggling in these hard times and that is something that we will forever be proud of. We would like to give a huge thanks to Home-Start for giving us so much support throughout the duration of our YPI project and just giving us the opportunity to become better people in general.”

The funding award has assisted Home-Start Aberdeen with its cook and connect project giving families the support they needed to make healthy eating choices during lockdown. 

The £3,000 has directly helped the charity to supply families with weekly, fresh food boxes from local providers along with recipes to use with these ingredients.  Staff and volunteers then created and delivered instructional videos for families to access, as well as delivering live video cooking tutorials. 

The project had previously been delivered through one-to-one cooking sessions in families’ homes and group sessions in communities across the city, but the Covid-19 pandemic meant that both home visiting and group work had to be suspended.

Project Co-ordinator Fiona Cameron said, “Parents shared their experiences and told us that they were worried about being able to give their children tasty, healthy meals.  It was clear that there was still a real need for the project so we developed a whole new range of ways to make sure we could continue to give families the support they needed around healthy eating.”

Eleanor McEwan, general manager commented, “The girls were so enthusiastic and passionate.  They did a marvellous job with their research and presentation on Home-Start Aberdeen.  It’s such a positive and empowering initiative to be involved in, for all parties and a real privilege to watch young people grow, develop and make an impact, particularly through such a time of need.”

The girls have continued their connection with Home-Start Aberdeen, organising their own food drives and raising money for the charity, most recently completing the virtual Kiltwalk, and raising over £200.

Eleanor added: “This year has been particularly challenging with many already vulnerable families facing increased pressures from the pandemic.  We can’t thank the girls enough for all their support in fundraising and championing who we are and what we do.  They should be very proud of their achievements and contributions.”.

Since YPI was introduced to Scotland in 2008 by The Wood Foundation, the programme has engaged more than 200,000 young people who have taken responsibility for stewarding £4.5m of charitable giving. 

For over 30 years, Home-Start Aberdeen has been providing life-changing practical and emotional support to vulnerable families across the city with at least one child aged under five.  Starting in the home its approach is as individual as the people it helps.  There’s no judgement, just compassionate, confidential help from a network of trained volunteers, backed by expert staff. 


Home-Start Aberdeen receive National Lottery Funding

Leading family support charity, Home-Start Aberdeen has received a £150,000 National Lottery award from The National Lottery Community Fund. 

The two year “Improving Lives” grant will fund the continuation of the role of a Volunteer Coordinator and enable the charity to recruit a new Family Support Coordinator. These roles will continue to develop the support offered to families experiencing difficulties in Aberdeen. The volunteer coordinator visits families and ensures that they are matched with a suitable home-visiting volunteer while the Family Support Coordinator will work one-to-one with families experiencing more severe difficulties.

It is expected that 460 family members and 70 volunteers will be involved in the work.

Home-Start Aberdeen provides life-changing support to families across the city through its local community network of trained volunteers.  Starting in the home its approach is as individual as the people it helps.  There’s no judgement, just compassionate, confidential help from volunteers, backed by expert staff. 

“Demand for our services increases year on year and we now support over 250 families in Aberdeen every year,” said Eleanor McEwan, general manager.  “We have 141 volunteers giving their skills, time and energy to help make life better for children and families.

“This year has been particularly challenging with many already vulnerable families facing increased pressures from the pandemic.

“On average it costs Home-Start Aberdeen £1,500 to support a family through the challenges they face until they can cope again.  Our volunteers are there for them to help the whole family and to reach children in their vital early years so they can have the best possible start in life. 

“That’s why this grant funding from The National Lottery Community Fund is significant in helping us continue to make a positive impact for families who need our help.”

The National Lottery Community Fund, Scotland Chair, Kate Still: said: “In these uncertain times our priority is to ensure that National Lottery money continues to flow to charities, voluntary sector organisations and grassroots groups .  I would like to congratulate Home-Start Aberdeen on their award, theirs is an important project and will support people now and in the future when they can physically come back together to make great things happen in their community.”

National Lottery players raise £30 million every week for good causes in the UK. The National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland is currently focusing its funding on those projects that are supporting organisations and communities to respond to the challenge of COVID-19.    

For over 30 years Home-Start Aberdeen has been supporting vulnerable families across the city to prevent family crisis and breakdown.  This support is usually provided via a home-visiting service where carefully selected and trained volunteers are there for families, visiting them in their own homes with compassionate, confidential help.  COVID-19 has meant that the charity has had to adapt how it delivers its services to families, continuing to support over 160 families remotely since the start of the pandemic.  These young families have at least one child under the age of five and are typically affected by social isolation, bereavement, relationship problems, illness, disability and financial hardship.


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Charity thankful for response to all wrapped up appeal local

Leading family support charity, Home-Start Aberdeen would like to thank members of the public, the business and local community for their support and donations towards its All Wrapped Up Appeal.

The charity which supports vulnerable families with young children across the city appealed for donations of coats so as to provide children and families with cosy winter jackets as we headed into the cold, winter months.

The charity received an overwhelming response to the appeal with hundreds of coats donated. A range of organisations, companies and individuals donated coats, some new, others gently used which were cleaned for the charity by Timpson’s, free of charge.

The charity invited all its supported families, to come to its charity shop at 101 George Street for a special and unique experience for them to choose coats and a gift for each of their children on the run up to Christmas.

“Thanks to the generosity of so many we were able to provide 45 families, including 86 children, with winter coats, books, toys and selection boxes ahead of Christmas,” said Eleanor McEwan, general manager. The All Wrapped Up appeal was all about being able to provide something cosy to wear, something warm they need, something fun for a treat and something joyful to read. We’d like to say a huge thanks for each and every donation we received. It’s made a big difference for local families at Christmas and over these cold days.”

One mum said; “I gave the kids their coats and gloves and put other bits away for Christmas. My daughter was beaming with her jacket she is so happy with it. She feels really proud and smart in it. She wants to make a thankyou card.”

Home-Start received such a volume of coats they hope to be able to support other local organisations and benefit even more people in need within local communities.

“The impact and restrictions of the current lockdown has curtailed our ability to manage this for now but as soon as practicably able we will work with our partners across the city to distribute the coats where most needed,” added Eleanor.

For over 30 years the charity has been supporting vulnerable families across the city to prevent family crisis and breakdown. This support is usually provided via a home-visiting service where carefully selected and trained volunteers are there for families, visiting them in their own homes with compassionate, confidential help. COVID-19 has meant that the charity has had to adapt how it delivers its services to families, continuing to support over 160 families remotely since the start of the pandemic. These young families have at least one child under the age of five and are typically affected by social isolation, bereavement, relationship problems, illness, disability and financial hardship.


Grant for Home-Start Aberdeen will help families keep the heating on this Christmas

Home-Start Aberdeen will be able to support local families to keep their homes warm this Christmas, thanks to the grant recently awarded by the John Lewis and Waitrose Partners Give A Little Love Campaign.

The charity, which supports parents with financial, physical, emotional or other challenges associated with caring for young children, has been able to support 10 families in severe financial hardship by helping to cover the cost of their fuel bills. In a winter when people will be spending more time than ever indoors, Home-Start Aberdeen can support a number of families with nowhere else to turn, giving them one less thing to worry about this Christmas.

This will make an enormous difference to the families supported. One family commented: “We are extremely grateful and now won’t feel anxious about putting the heating on to stay warm.”

The Give A Little Love Campaign, inspired by the kindness shown by the British public during the pandemic, encourages John Lewis and Waitrose customers to give a little love to others.  Donations up to the value of £2m will be match funded by a donation from the John Lewis Partnership. A further fund of over £1m has also been created to ensure all of the retailers’ shops will be actively partnering with FareShare and a range of local family Home-Start charities in the communities they serve.

Eleanor McEwan, General Manager of Home-Start Aberdeen said:

“The economic impacts of the pandemic have been enormous, especially for families who were already struggling, and many are facing a difficult Christmas. This funding will make a huge difference to families, allowing them to have a warm home and cook hot meals over the holiday, and helping them to create the kind of Christmas every child deserves.”

Peter Grigg, CEO of Home-Start UK said:

“Families are running on empty. The pandemic has been hard for all families, but it’s been toughest on those already facing challenges around mental health, low incomes, and other challenges in their lives. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown in our communities during the pandemic, but I know there is so much more to do. With the help of John Lewis and Waitrose Partners and customers we will be able to work with more families when they need us most.”

Pippa Wicks, Executive Director of John Lewis, said:

“We want this campaign to be uplifting and to inspire everyone to give some kindness in their own way this Christmas, especially to those who need it most. The pandemic has proved that it’s our small acts of love and kindness, particularly in challenging times, that captures what it is to be human; and when one small act of kindness multiplies it can have a lasting impact.”


Aberdeen family charity only a phone call away

A leading family support charity in Aberdeen is encouraging parents with young children to reach out and ask for help if they need it. The charity wants to raise awareness that it’s ok to need help and that they are ‘only a phone call away’ to provide support for those who need it.

Home-Start Aberdeen is concerned the continued impact of covid-19 on everyday life, isolation, poor mental health and job losses may be pushing many more families to breaking point.

Home-Start Aberdeen has operated in the city for over 30 years supporting struggling families, who have at least one child under the age of 5. It works to build strong families and happy children in local communities through the provision of trained, supportive volunteers who assist families with young children, helping them to deal with challenges they face.

Jean Mowat who has been a Home-Start volunteer for 4 years shared: “Families from all walks of life face challenges where they feel they can’t cope. This can be particularly hard with young children and we’re there for them, parents and children, when they need us the most. We know it’s been even harder this year with difficult challenges exaggerated by the pandemic. It’s ok to need help, and it’s certainly ok to ask for it.

“As volunteers, we’re just ordinary people with life experience, ready, able and wanting to help. We have no judgement, just compassion, a listening ear and a helping hand.

“I’ve supported a number of families now, all who have faced different challenges. I’ve been able to provide a safe space at times of real need and be there as a regular contact, someone to trust and help during difficult times. I love the bond that I’ve formed with my families, especially the little ones who often refer to me as ‘Grandma Jean’.”

The charity’s support provides crucial help for struggling young families who are typically affected by social isolation, bereavement, relationship problems, illness, disability and financial hardship, all of which can have a direct and considerable impact on mental wellbeing.

Anastasia Milne and her family first came into contact with Home-Start after the birth of her premature son. When he was discharged home from the hospital with oxygen support, Anastasia got to the point she realised she could no longer cope on her own.

“Admitting I was depressed and isolated, realising that I really needed help and asking for it was the most difficult thing,” said Anastasia. My health visitor told me about Home-Start and I had no idea how my life would change for the better. I received not only support, but also real care. Thanks to them and my volunteer, I realised that it’s absolutely normal to ask for help when you are in a difficult situation and how wonderful it is that there are people who are always ready to help and offer support.”

Although the charity receives referrals from health visitors and other family channels, if you have a child under five and are based in the city, you can self-refer to seek help and support.

If you’re struggling to cope and think you and your family could benefit from the charity’s service, you can contact the Home-Start Aberdeen team on 01224 693545, email admin@homestartaberdeen.org.uk or visit the website for more information at www.homestartaberdeen.org.uk


Report shines a light on baby inequalities as charities call on Government to act now to avoid a “Post-COVID19 lottery”

Babies in Lockdown: Report shines a light on baby inequalities as charities call on Government to act now to avoid a “Post-COVID19 lottery”

  • Online survey of 5,474 expectant mothers, new parents and parents of toddlers, undertaken during the pandemic, reveals almost 7 in 10 found their ability to cope with their pregnancy or baby had been impacted as a result of COVID-19
  • Only one third expressed confidence in being able to access mental health support if required
  • Nearly 7 in 10 felt the changes brought about by COVID-19 were affecting their unborn baby, baby or young child (with an increase in crying, tantrums and becoming more clingy). This was felt most sharply amongst parents under 25 years old and those on the lowest incomes
  • Best Beginnings, Home-Start UK and Parent-Infant Foundation urge the Government to provide a ‘Baby Boost’ (£55m) to enable local services to better support families who have had a baby during the lockdown and to introduce a new ‘Parent-Infant Premium’ (£1,000 per baby in disadvantaged families) for local commissioners working to tackle early inequalities
  • Without decisive action, they warn, the ‘post-COVID-19 lottery’ will worsen pre existing inequalities in the UK

Charity collective Best Beginnings, Home-Start UK and the Parent-Infant Foundation reveal key findings from an online survey of over 5,000 parents that highlight the chronic under resourcing of services for families, the inequalities in babies’ early experiences and its worsening forecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The three charities – who all work to improve outcomes for parents and children with a focus on the early years – warn that many families with lower incomes, young parents and those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, will have been hit hardest by the pandemic.

Home-Start UK has come together with Best Beginnings and the Parent-Infant Foundation to show the impact of COVID-19 on families across the country.

The results of the online survey highlight a range of issues facing parents surveyed, revealing the devastating impact on babies as well as their parents, from increased mental health concerns and difficult birthing experiences, to dads and other co-parents being excluded from the pregnancy journey and digital health appointments reported as leaving some women feeling exposed and humiliated. The ramifications of the lockdown have been detrimental, and could cast a long shadow going forward for parents and babies alike.

Home-Start Aberdeen is part of the Home-Start UK national network of almost 200 local family support charities and confirm it is a picture that has been reflected in Aberdeen.

Speaking to one mum supported by local Home-Start Aberdeen, Heather from the Cornhill area of Aberdeen she expressed the impact of Covid-19 had been “awful”.

Heather, mum of Emily (2) and Karley (10) gave birth to Patrick on 27th March 2020, the week the country entered complete lockdown.

“I was induced and my partner couldn’t come to the hospital as he had been isolating for two weeks before that. To be honest the hospital was absolutely fine, it was coming home that was scary,” said Heather.

“Shopping for food was a real issue. Neither I nor my partner drive and we couldn’t get out as a family to shop or do anything. My partner works full time in the Co-op, so we were ok for essentials but providing proper meals for the family was hard. It was difficult for me to leave Patrick and the kids to get to a shop and those first few weeks were really challenging, they still are. My 2-year-old, Emily, has loads of energy and the impact on her routine and behavior has been tough.

“We’ve had to get the kids to various hospital appointments and obviously with appointment restrictions I couldn’t take all the kids with me so would have to try and choose the most appropriate person to babysit and help me with minimal risk of contracting the virus. I usually rely on public transport, but services were reduced, and I was anxious about using it, so we took taxis to appointments which has been expensive. Our living costs have increased with using more gas and electric with all of us being at home, as well as our food bills being higher. It’s been a real stretch relying on one income.”

Patrick has a number of health issues. He was diagnosed with Plagiocephaly, Torticollis and Talipes. According to statistics 1 in 5 babies get diagnosed with flat head syndrome and are at higher risk of developmental issues such as motor control, flattened head and midengined ears. Patrick was due to be undergoing physio through NHS but when lockdown restrictions tightened his treatment got postponed.

Therapy for Patrick’s torticollis involves exercises of the neck to promote muscle movement and reposition the neck and without the right treatment it could be prolonged.

“I have challenges with anxiety already and if hadn’t been for the support I’ve received my Home-Start Aberdeen volunteer, Gillian, since having Patrick I would have broken down by now. She’s been a great support,” continued Heather.

Home-Start Aberdeen adapted its support service during the pandemic to ensure it can continue to support families appropriately through video chat and emails as well phone calls and text messages. This support is usually provided via a home-visiting service from carefully selected and trained volunteers who are there for families in need of help.

The charity has supported over 80 families during the pandemic including families of 6 new babies born during lockdown, as well as 62 children under the age of 3.

Evidence shows that the first 1,001 days of a child’s life, from pregnancy to age two lay the foundations for a happy and healthy life. The support and wellbeing of babies during this time is strongly linked to better outcomes later in life, including educational achievement, progress at work, physical and mental health. Around 2,000 babies are born in the UK every day which means that over 200,000 babies were born between 23rd March and 4th July – the most intense period of lockdown.

According to the survey results, almost 7 in 10 parents (68%) felt the changes brought about by COVID-19 were affecting their unborn baby, baby or young child – reporting an increase in babies crying, having tantrums and becoming more clingy during this time. The survey results indicated that a change in baby behaviour was twice as likely to be reported amongst those on the lowest incomes, with under 25s particularly affected, with over half (59%) noticing their babies becoming more clingy during lockdown.

Furthermore, almost 7 in 10 (68%) parents surveyed said their ability to cope with their pregnancy or baby has been impacted by COVID-19, with nearly 9 in 10 (87%) parents saying they were more anxious as a result. The number of parents reporting increased anxiety correlated with those who had a lower household income. Yet only one third (32%) of respondents expressed confidence in being able to access mental health support if required.

The pandemic is not affecting all communities equally. Recent research published in the British Medical Journal in late May found that pregnant Black women were eight times more likely to be admitted to hospital with coronavirus than pregnant White women, with pregnant Asian women four times more likely.

The charity’s survey also highlighted inequalities between respondents of different ethnicities. Their findings revealed that different communities were not enabled to access services and support equally, with Black and Black British respondents being less likely to visit their GP, use websites or online forums/support groups.

Following a decade of under-investment from central Government, services for babies, children and their families were already struggling to deliver the care and support that families need. The charities state that without decisive action, the post-COVID-19 lottery will worsen existing inequalities. While the majority of families in the UK prepare to transition back to normal life, “normal” for some babies and families was already disproportionately harder than it was for others and many now face a knock-on economic effect from the lockdown, further threatening their quality of life and life chances.

The three organisations have come together to share their findings, following the recent report by the Children’s Commissioner, and the Government’s vow to undertake a new review into Early Years Health (led by Andrea Leadsom MP). And to urge the Government to act now to avoid a “post-COVID-19 lottery” of British babies who do not get the support they need for a strong start in life. The three fiscal measures being asked for involve significant and ring-fenced funding to support the first 1,001 days, including:

  • A one-off Baby Boost to enable local services to support families who have had a baby during or close to lockdown.
  • A new Parent-Infant Premium providing new funding for local commissioners, targeted at improving outcomes for the most vulnerable children.
  • Significant and sustained investment in core funding to support families from conception to age two and above, including statutory services, charities and community groups.

Alison Baum OBE, CEO and Founder of Best Beginnings, comments: “The report demonstrates firsthand the serious challenges faced by parents across the country at such an important time in their lives and in the lives of their babies.Without the support from loved ones and sufficient pre and postnatal care, many parents felt isolated and anxious. We must ensure that parents of all backgrounds receive the support they need, so they can look after themselves and have the knowledge, confidence and support to be able to give their children the best start in life.”

Peter Grigg, Chief Executive at Home-Start, states: “This report exposes how unequal the experiences of parents and babies to COVID-19 have been. There is an urgent need to build back better for all communities. These proposals for a Baby Boost and Parent Infant Premium represent clear, simple interventions that can be made now to help make sure we avoid a post-COVID lottery in the future. We want to improve the wellbeing of all babies to ensure a happier and successful next generation.”

Beckie Lang, Chief Executive at Parent-Infant Foundation, continues: ”Around 200,000 babies were born during the height of the lockdown, with many more just before and since. It is time for national leadership and a rescue, recovery and repair plan for the nation’s youngest children if we are to create a better, more equitable society in which more children can thrive. The opportunity to act is now.”

The full report is available at: www.babiesinlockdown.info


Home-Start Aberdeen adapts services to support families in need

City based charity Home-Start Aberdeen is responding to the coronavirus pandemic by adapting its services to provide support to families on a remote basis in a bid to stay connected.

Helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown Home-Start Aberdeen currently supports 75 families across the city (over 200 adults and children). This support is usually provided via a home-visiting service where carefully selected and trained volunteers are there for families, visiting them in their own homes with compassionate, confidential help.

Earlier this week, like many, they had to make the decision to cease all face-to-face home-visiting services through their volunteer network as well as closing to any new referrals.

Cathy Beattie, team leader at Home-Start Aberdeen said: “Our role is to help families with young children living in Aberdeen and amid these times that need for help is going to be greater than ever. Already we support many families who face isolation in different ways in their day to day lives. What we are facing now is further isolation for those families we already support as well as increasing numbers of families who will experience isolation for what might be a lengthy period of time.

“We are determined to stay connected with families and we’re adapting our approach continuing to offer much needed support on a remote basis whilst we can’t visit families in person. We have spoken directly to all our families this week and our volunteers will be providing support through phone calls, video messaging, and utilising tools such as WhatsApp, social media and email to keep connected until we are able to start home-visiting again.

“We are teaming up with other local charities who have offered assistance including Social Bite who have applied for government funding to provide lunch boxes. Following a call from them on Wednesday, we are picking up some lunch packs (sandwich, crisps, fruit and water) and doing door stop drops today to our most vulnerable families. We’re also in contact with CFine and hope to get some additional supplies for those families to top up the deliveries. We know already that some families are struggling to get basic supplies and worrying how they will manage to buy kids food if the panic buying continues.”

Home-Start Aberdeen is also introducing Holly the helpful Home-Start Bear, a character who will be suggesting fun activities and ideas every morning on their Facebook page. Holly will appear each day with a different activity for children and families to do at home until they get back to school and nursery.

“We know how difficult it is going to be for many parents juggling work and being at home with young children and if we make things a little bit easier then we can continue to make a difference, even if it’s on a small scale.”

Anyone can follow Holly on Home-Start Aberdeen’s Facebook page @HomeStartAberdeen or create their own activity time bear at home.


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