Home Start Further Information - where to go and who to call

Useful Links for Families

Below is a list of other family support charities and agencies that can also offer help and advice.


First Step is a community project for families with young children which is based in the Musselburgh East housing estate.

Bridges Project is a charity which provides a number of services to assist young people manage transitions into adulthood and life beyond school.

A community project working with fathers. It provides support groups, positive parenting classes, workshops on the role of fathers, home visits, trips and outings for fathers and their children.
Support from the Start is about ensuring services and communities in East Lothian are doing all that can be done to improve health and well being in the early years of life for all children.

Changes is a Community Health Project which promotes the positive wellbeing of people living in East Lothian.

We work with children, young people, their families, communities and other organisations to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people in Scotland.

Home-Start East Lothian

East Lothian Community Health Partnership (CHP) is a new way to manage and co-ordinate NHS services in East Lothian.

NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland.

Support and Friendship for Families.

Information on learning and development opportunities within your local community.

Website for East Lothian District Council. Providing information on all your needs from East Lothian Council.

Macmerry Recycling Centre, Macmerry Industrial Estate, Macmerry.

Olivebank Child and Family Centre.


Home-Start East Lothian - Further information

The Big Lottery

Every year BIG gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. Our money goes to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment.


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Information for Referrers

Please click on the link listed below for further information, which will open in another window:



We help families with young children through a combination of home visiting support, group support and social activities. We match the needs of the family with trained volunteers who provide emotional and practical support. Support is free, confidential and non-judgemental.  Home visiting volunteers call by every week, for a couple of hours, for as long as the family needs support, or until the youngest child turns five or starts full-time education.

Home-Start accepts referrals from:

  • Families themselves (25% of Home-Start families self refer*)
  • Health Visitors
  • GPs
  • Professionals in social care and child care
  • Professionals in mental health, education, early years and probation

Referrers should:

  • Discuss Home-Start with the family – they must agree to receive support
  • Establish the family has at least one child under five – this is key to Home-Start support
  • Contact  Home-Start East Lothian and follow their referral process