Home-Start Aberdeen

Home-Start Aberdeen

Charity registered in Scotland SC012942

We are one of Scotland’s largest Home-Start schemes, providing up to 180 families and 270 children with 27,500 hours of emotional and practical support in their own homes each year.
Home-Start Aberdeen works with families to help them:
•gain access to relevant health and welfare services
•manage family budgets and nutrition
•engage with their communities
•enjoy family life again.


Current opportunities

Home-Start Aberdeen supports local families, who may be vulnerable or suffering from isolation, with emotional and practical support in their own homes. Recipe for Life (practical cooking) is a project that Home-Start Aberdeen has developed in partnership with NHS Grampian in 2010. The success of the project has been such that NHS Grampian has continued to fund the project since its inception. The purpose of the project is to provide support for local families by teaching them practical cooking skills, advising on food budgeting and shopping, providing oral health information and promotion of healthy lifestyles. Our Recipe for Life volunteers receive full training and will be carefully matched to deliver Recipe for Life on the basis of family need. No formal cookery or nutritional qualifications are required – just a desire to help local families improve their overall wellbeing. By volunteering with Home-Start Aberdeen, you will be contributing to the work of one of the largest Home-Start schemes in Scotland. There is therefore an opportunity to develop new friendships, learn new skills and really make a contribution to the lives of local families. For more details please contact: telephone 01224 693545 or email volunteering@homestartaberdeen.org.uk . Further information is also available on our website at http://www.homestartaberdeen.org.uk

Home-Start Aberdeen supports local families, who may be vulnerable or suffering from isolation, with emotional and practical support in their own homes. Our charity shop, which raises valuable funds towards our work, opened in 2012. It is located in the heart of the city at 101 George Street, opposite John Lewis. The shop is always keen to recruit volunteers who might wish to assist with a number of activities, including sorting and pricing stock, arranging window displays, liaising with customers and lending a hand at special promotional events. No prior retail experience is required; our friendly shop staff team provide all volunteers with advice and guidance. Volunteering at the Home-Start Aberdeen shop is therefore an opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and gain confidence. It is also a meaningful way to support Home-Start Aberdeen’s work with local families. For further details please contact Karen Milne, Charity Shop Manager, E Mail: shop@homestartaberdeen.org.uk / tel.: 01224 622390

Home-Start Aberdeen supports local families, who may be vulnerable or suffering from isolation, with emotional and practical support in their own homes. Our charity shop, which raises valuable funds towards our work, opened in 2012. It is located in the heart of the city at 101 George Street, opposite John Lewis. A key component of the shop’s success is our collections/uplift service within the city. This helps to ensure that we have a steady supply of quality stock for the shop floor. The shop is therefore always keen to recruit new volunteer drivers, who could assist us by collecting donations from homes and organisations within Aberdeen (we also uplift from Westhill). This is an ideal position for someone who enjoys driving and has some spare time to become part of our pool of volunteer drivers. A full clean driving licence and access to a vehicle are essential. No fixed commitment in terms of hours is required. Becoming a volunteer driver is a rewarding way to support Home-Start Aberdeen’s work with local families. We are now one of the largest Home-Start schemes in Scotland; this volunteer position is therefore also a good opportunity to contribute to the work of a wider team. For further details please contact Karen Milne, Charity Shop Manager, E Mail: shop@homestartaberdeen.org.uk / tel.: 01224 622390

Home-Start Aberdeen supports local families, who may be vulnerable or suffering from isolation, with Home-Start Aberdeen aims to prevent family crisis and breakdown in vulnerable, struggling families with young children. *Our home visiting volunteers: >Offer support to a local family in their own home for 2-3 hours per week. >Receive training and ongoing support. >Help others develop their parenting skills. >Encourage families to engage with their communities. >Provide practical guidance on budgeting and household management. >Connect families with other relevant organisations and services. All of our home visiting volunteers are carefully matched with a Home-Start family to ensure that the relationship is as productive as possible for everyone. Regular training is provided and all volunteers have a co-ordinator who provides ongoing support and meets with them regularly. *Why volunteer? People choose to volunteer with Home-Start Aberdeen to: >Make a difference to a family’s life. >Give something back to their local community. >Return the support they once received from Home-Start. >Share a similar experience. >Boost confidence. >Prepare for returning to work or to progress career. >Do something fulfilling with spare time. *Data gathered by Home-Start UK last year indicated that more than 90% of the families supported by Home-Start volunteers said they felt: >More involved in their children’s development. >That their children’s emotional and physical health and wellbeing had improved. >Better able to manage their children’s behavior. >Less isolated. >Less stressed. >More able to cope with day-to-day running of the house. >That they were using local services more. *Find out more >For an informal, no-pressure chat about becoming a volunteer with Home-Start Aberdeen, telephone 01224 693545 or email volunteering@homestartaberdeen.org.uk . Further information is also available on our website at http://www.homestartaberdeen.org.uk/want-help/home-visiting