Home-Start East Fife

Charity registered in Scotland SC010242

Home-Start East Fife provides support for families by recruiting and training volunteers to work with and support parents with young children. Volunteers visit families in their own homes and provide vital support in many diverse situations, which can include illness, disability, post-natal depression, isolation, bereavement and multiple births. In addition to home visiting support, we also run Family Support Groups where children and families meet in a child-safe environment and are involved in a range of activities together.

Current opportunity

Volunteers help to increase confidence and independence in families by offering support, friendship and practical help. They visit families in their own homes in order to protect and respect each individual’s dignity and identity. A relationship then develops in which understanding and trust can grow. Volunteers often reassure families that difficulties in bringing up children are not unusual, emphasise the positive aspects of family life, encourage parents strengths and emotional well-being and encourage the family to widen their network and effectively use the support and services available in the community. A volunteer may choose to offer support to more than one family and is supported throughout by a co-ordinator. A Preparation Course is delivered in a fun and rewarding environment.