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HomeStart Caithness

Photograph of HomeStart CaithnessWhat is Home-Start?
Home-Start Caithness is a voluntary organisation which offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children who are experiencing stress.

Home-Start wants to see a society in which every parent has the support they need to give their children the best possible start in life. Home-Start believes that children need a happy and secure childhood and that parents play the key role in giving their children a good start in life and helping them achieve their full potential.

What do Home-Start volunteers do?
Home-Start volunteers work with families where there is at least one child under five years of age. They visit families in their own homes and form relationships with the families.

Playing with the children, talking and listening, helping in and out of the home - all these kinds of help can be offered.

Who are the Home-Start Volunteers?
Home-Start volunteers are people who are parents themselves or who have parenting experience and understand the stresses of bringing up children - which can be a difficult and demanding job!

No specific qualifications are required. All volunteers are good listeners, warm and compassionate and aware of the needs of families.

Before a volunteer goes to work with a family they must attend a training programme. It is Home-Start policy to rigorously screen all volunteers before they are matched with families.

Regular support and on-going training is offered to all volunteers by the Co-ordinator.

Which Families can apply to Home-Start?
Local families who are experiencing difficulties or suffering stress and who have at least one child under five years of age can apply for a home-visiting volunteer.

It is always the family's choice whether to accept the service Home-Start has to offer. They can apply themselves or can be referred by their health visitor, social worker, or other professional working with the family.

Home-Start Caithness is in operation throughout the county of Caithness.
All information about families is treated as confidential by both volunteers and staff at Home-Start except where there are concerns for the welfare of the child/children.

Home-Start Caithness is part of an international organisation that has been operating in Scotland since 1985.
Training information and guidance on all aspects of the work is supplied by Home-Start UK who employs a consultant to provide support for all the schemes in the north of Scotland.

The local scheme was founded in to address the needs of families in one of the most remote parts of the UK.

Home-Start Caithness is a community based project and is managed by a local, voluntary Board of Directors.
This committee is responsible for the employment and management of the employment and management of the co-ordinators and secretary and supporting the work of Home-Start throughout Caithness.

Donations to Home-Start Caithness
Home-Start relies on voluntary donations and funding to support its valuable work and we are always delighted to receive donations. If you or your business would like to make donation to Home-Start Caithness please contact the Co-ordinators.

Home-Start Caithness Committee
In addition to volunteers who visit families after training there is also a volunteer management committee and a board of Directors. A range of people from around the county are volunteers on the committee. If you would like to serve on the committee please get in touch.

Reg. Charity No.: SCO 24885

01955 609163


Postal Address
HomeStart Caithness
10-12 Kirk Lane

Fiona Carlisle

Opening Hours

Sunday :
Monday :
09:30am - 12:30pm
Tuesday :
09:30am - 12:30pm
Wednesday :
09:00am - 12:30pm
Thursday :
09:30am - 5:00pm
Friday :
09:30am - 12:30pm
Saturday :

News for HomeStart Caithness

Antenatal Peep From HomeStart CaithnessThumbnail for article : Antenatal Peep From HomeStart Caithness
We are starting another course is May for pregnant parents and their partners.   This can be delivered 1 to 1 or in a group setting.  
Expecting A Baby - FREE PeeP Antenatal Course With HomeStart CaithnessThumbnail for article : Expecting A Baby  - FREE PeeP Antenatal Course With HomeStart Caithness
Our next Antenatal PeeP course begins soon.   If you are expecting a baby in APRIL, MAY or JUNE 2024 give us a message now.  
HomeStart Volunteers Helping Families - Can You Give Some TimeThumbnail for article : HomeStart Volunteers Helping Families - Can You Give Some Time
HomeStart training course for new volunteers starts in October.   to find phone or email (See the poster).  
First Minister meets families at V&A DundeeThumbnail for article : First Minister meets families at V&A Dundee
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited V&A Dundee this week to celebrate over 10,000 people taking part in free family workshops since the museum opened.   The First Minister also met with Home-Start Dundee, a local charity which supports families with young children through a range of issues including post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems and bereavement.  
HomeStart Caithness Team Raising Fund In the Kilt WalkThumbnail for article : HomeStart Caithness Team Raising Fund In the Kilt Walk
The staff team at HomeStart Caithness are taking part in the Kilt Walk in Aberdeen to raise fund for the group that assists families and young children.   Sunday 2nd June 2019.  
Become a Volunteer with Home-Start Caithness and help local familiesThumbnail for article : Become a Volunteer with Home-Start Caithness and help local families
Come on the next Volunteer Preparation Course.   Wednesdays - 10am - 2.30pm May 22nd, 29th and June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th.  
We are recruiting new Trustees At HomeStart CaithnessThumbnail for article : We are recruiting new Trustees At HomeStart Caithness
Can you spare a couple of hours a month to help change lives? The role of the Trustee.   You may bring a particular expertise to the board, such as professional skills in finance, IT, business, personnel management or marketing and PR, but equally as important are listening and communication skills, commitment and common sense.  
Kiltwalk Man Raising Money For HomeStart CaithnessThumbnail for article : Kiltwalk Man Raising Money For HomeStart Caithness
Robert Smith has signed up for the Kilt Walk in Edinburgh on September 17th to raise money in aid of Home-Start Caithness.   "I spent my childhood in Caithness and have decided to support their local branch of Home-Start.  
Could you volunteer for Home-Start Caithness?
Could you volunteer for Home-Start Caithness? We are a family charity that works with young families who need a little extra support and friendship.  We need both men and women who have parenting experience to join our team of dedicated volunteers and befriend a family that needs just that little extra support.  
HomeStart Caithness - Newsletter Spring/SummerThumbnail for article : HomeStart Caithness - Newsletter Spring/Summer
The latest newsletter from HomeStart Caithness gives updates on what has been happening to the groups in the past few months.   To read the news letter Click HERE.  

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