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

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.