Home Start Deveron

Charity registered in Scotland SC026191

Home-Start Deveron is affiliated with Home-Start UK/Scotland, one of the leading nationwide family support charities. We have been supporting families across the Deveron Valley area since 1999 and formed a consortium with other schemes across the Aberdeenshire area back in 2015.

In 2018/19 Home-Start Deveron supported 420 families through a combination of our core 1-1 home-visiting support, group sessions & targeted activity days. We tailor our support to each family and their individual needs, and we work with the whole family.

We do this by recruiting and training volunteers to visit families within their own home for 2-3 hours per week to offer informal, friendly, non-judgemental and confidential support. We currently have 2 Family Support Workers on our team who support families on a 1-1 basis and we recently recruited a Play-worker who runs some of our groups alongside volunteers.

Families are mainly referred to us via a range of agencies through the Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership, and we do welcome self-referrals direct through the office.

Home-Start Deveron are here to help families facing many different challenges, these include but are not limited to:
• Rural / Social Isolation
• Post-Natal Depression
• Families Affected by Disability
• Living with Chronic / Terminal Illness
• Substance Misuse
• Domestic Abuse

Current opportunity

This volunteering opportunity allows the successful applicant/s to have an influencing and supportive role in governing Home-Start Deveron services. The trustee role is crucial in ensuring the service continues to develop, and respond to the needs of the families in our local communities. In addition, a Trustee can facilitate governance, ensuring structures are in place to provide a high quality of service provision with children and families at its centre, and effectively support both volunteers and staff. The succcessful applicants will work as part of an established, friendly and experienced Board within a supportive framework. Training and mentoring opportunities will be made available along with networking with other Home-Start schemes in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and the UK.