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There’s no rule book for raising a family and sometimes it can seem overwhelming. Many parents need friendship, advice or support during those early years when children are young.  

They may be socially isolated, without family or friends around them; experiencing poor mental health; living in poverty; coping with bereavement; dealing with relationship problems; affected by illness or disability; struggling to cope with what life is throwing at them.  

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

Home Start Aberdeen Impact

One-to-One Support

Our one-to-one support service is free and unique. We recruit and train volunteers – who are usually parents themselves – to visit local families in their own homes. As a Home-Start Aberdeen family you will be carefully matched with a volunteer whose skills and experience best fit your own situation and challenges. Your volunteer will offer informal, friendly and confidential support.  

Your Home-Start Aberdeen volunteer will:  

  • Visit your family on a weekly basis  
  • Provide friendship and practical support 
  • Help with setting and maintaining routines and boundaries  
  • Support you to be involved in your child’s early learning and development 
  • Help you to be a more confident and capable parent 
  • Help with your family’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing 
  • Help you connect with other families and explore your community
  • Accompany you to appointments
  • Access information on other organisations for you, such as health, education or financial advice  
I have been so grateful for the help and support received from my volunteer.  Life has been so difficult and without her support, caring and kindness I would never have managed to get through these difficult times. 

Please note that due to current Covid-19 restrictions, we are not able to visit families in their homes.  We are continuing to support families through phone and video calls, outdoor meetings, and indoor meetings in public venues like cafes.  When restrictions ease, we will resume home visiting.  

Rising Stars Family Group

Rising Stars is a weekly group for families which provides a safe and nurturing environment to where children can play and learn together, and parents can meet other parents.  It aims to reduce isolation, encourage social interaction, help to build stronger parent-child attachment, support early learning and development through play, and increase parents’ skills and confidence.  

The group meets on Friday mornings in the BB Hall in Crimmond Place, Aberdeen.  There is no charge for families to attend. 

Rising Stars sessions are always a lot of fun with a wide variety of activities on offer including: 

  • Healthy eating and cooking 
  • Arts and crafts 
  • Songs and rhymes 
  • Physical activities 
  • Books and stories 
  • Food growing 
  • Childsmile (child dental health) 
  • Bookbug 


When parents leave us, they take away enhanced parenting capacity, improved self -confidence and practical coping strategies – all essential skills for modern family life.
 

I just feel so welcome when I come to group. I just love it 

Please note that due to current Covid-19 restrictions, we are running Rising Stars remotely via Zoom. 
When restrictions ease, we will resume group sessions in person. 

Evening Stars Parent Peer Support Group

Our Evening Stars group meets fortnightly on a Tuesday at 8pm via Zoom.  Each session lasts around 45 minutes and includes discussions and activities, as well as plenty of opportunity to catch up socially.  There is no charge for parents to attend. 

The group provides a safe space for parents to share experiences, concerns and anxieties; and to get information, advice, support and reassurance from staff, volunteers and other parents. 

The first time I went to Evening Stars I just cried through the whole meeting.  But I could hear what other parents were saying and I realised that I wasn’t the only one struggling to cope and that I didn’t need to feel ashamed.  It really helps to know that we’re not alone in struggling with family life, especially during the pandemic. 

Cook ‘n’ Connect

Our Cook’n’Connect project provides families with advice and support on healthy eating. It helps families with;

  • menu planning 
  • budgeting and food shopping 
  • practical cooking skills  
  • using leftovers and reducing food waste  
  • preparing and cooking foods for weaning  
  • breastfeeding  
  • achieving and maintaining healthy weights for children 


Cook’n’Connect
 is a 12-week programme which provides families with deliveries of healthy fresh and store cupboard ingredients, recipes in print and on video, small group video cooking sessions and one-to-one video tutorials with a trained volunteer or member of staff.
 

We’ve been able to try different ingredients, making healthy nuggets, salads and wraps. We have tried different meals that are very healthy, have been adding more fruit and veg to meals. It’s been extremely helpful and I’m making things I wouldn’t normally do. 

How to Get Support from us

Anyone who lives in Aberdeen and has at least one child aged under 5, or is expecting a baby, is eligible to receive support from Home-Start Aberdeen. 

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