How We Help

If you are a parent or carer with at least one child under 5 years old and are finding things tough for whatever reason, you can ask for help.

Home-Start Perth was formed in 1984 and now supports over 200 families each year in the Perth & Kinross area  who face problems such as
  • loneliness or isolation 

  • bereavement 

  • multiple births

  • illness, disabilities or special needs 

  • relationship problems  

  • post-natal depression 

  • first time parenthood
 or who are just finding parenting a struggle.
If you live outwith the Perth & Kinross area, you can find details for your local Home-Start scheme from Home-Start UK:

How do we help?
The volunteer will talk to the family and together they will decide how to spend their time  – sometimes this may just be talking while other visits may provide more practical help; perhaps with shopping, playing with the children or attending medical appointments. Above all, the volunteer will provide friendly support for as long as it is needed and reassurance that problems are not unusual when you are bringing up children. Some families have support for only a few months while others have a volunteer for longer – the decision to end the visits will be made jointly by the family and Home-Start Co-ordinator.

Home-Start Perth holds family group  sessions in Coupar Angus and Blairgowrie where parents and children can socialise and meet new friends.

Home-Start Perth also delivers infant massage classes for new parents across Perth and Kinross.  Contact us for more details.

Who are the volunteers?
Home-Start volunteers come from different backgrounds and are of varying ages but all have parenting experience and understand the everyday difficulties that can arise in families. All volunteers attend a course of preparation before starting to support families and some of our volunteers have been helped by Home-Start themselves.
Home-Start support is confidential and personal information about you or your family will not be passed on to anyone outside Home-Start without your consent unless there is concern about the safety or welfare of a child. You can choose whether or not to accept Home-Start help and can change your mind at any time.

"As we have moved into a new “season” in our lives it has been appropriate to let our volunteer go, so to speak, but boy do we miss her! Her visits to us on Mondays were often a lifeline and always a pleasure”
A quote from a Home-Start Perth family

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