What is Home-Start East Lothian?

Home-Start East Lothian is a free, confidential home befriending service for families with children under 5 years of age who live in East Lothian. We are one of 32 independent Home-Start schemes across Scotland and receive funding from East Lothian Council and the Big Lottery.

We recruit and train volunteers to help families with children. Our volunteers, who know about being a parent, support other parents by visiting them in their own homes for a couple of hours a week.


Home-Start East Lothian
We are one of 32 independent Home-Start schemes across Scotland

How to Find Us

Home Start East Lothian is based at Sandersons Wynd Primary School just off the main A1 in Tranent, East Lothian.

Home Start East Lothian
Early Years Centre
Sandersons Wynd, Tranent
East Lothian, EH33 1DA

Our History

Home-Start East Lothian was set up in 2000 to support families using volunteer befrienders. From a small, borrowed desk space in a prefab building the scheme has grown so it now currently employs a Senior Co-ordinator, a Co-ordinator and two part-time admin staff. Together they support around 40 volunteers who each befriend one family at a time.

As a registered charity we are self-funding, with our main funding coming from East Lothian Council and The Big Lottery. We are based in the Early Years Centre at Sanderson Wynd, Tranent.

Support and Friendship for Families

Across the UK thousands of Home-Start volunteers visit families at home each week, supporting parents in situations as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or who are just finding parenting a struggle. They provide non-judgemental practical and emotional support and help build the family’s confidence and ability to cope.

For more information about our family support services please click here to visit the Families section of our site. You can also contact your local Home-Start for an informal chat on 01875 616066 or email us at: admin@homestarteastlothian.co.uk.

Become a Volunteer

Home-Start is a national charity available in hundreds of local communities. We recruit and train volunteers to help families with young children. Our volunteers, who know about being a parent, support other parents by visiting them in their own homes for a couple of hours each week. We also run special family groups and hold social events for families.



All parents know that those early years before children go off to school are vital in a child’s life and at Home-Start we believe parents have the key role in creating a secure childhood for their children. It’s just that sometimes they need a bit of help...your help.

All Home-Start schemes are supported by Home-Start UK, which provides training for staff, volunteers and trustees, information and guidance on governance, legal and human resources issues and help with fundraising and communications.

Why not become a volunteer and make a real difference to the lives of children and families in your area? For more information click here, call us on 01875 616066 or email admin@homestarteastlothian.co.uk.