Home Start East Lothian Trustees - guiding the team

Home-Start Trustees

Trustees are men and women from our local community who help guide our Home-Start and contribute to the leadership and direction of the scheme so staff can manage the day-to-day operations and home-visiting volunteers can get on with the job of supporting families.

The trustees have overall responsibility for the scheme, being involved in the employment of staff and decisions about the running of the scheme outside the day-to-day jobs.

We also have advisors to the board who kindly give up their time to support the trustees. These advisors come from a range of professions including Health, Education and Social Work.

The board meets about every 6 weeks and the meeting are informal and we hope that trustees gain a great amount from their contributions during their time on the board. The AGM is normally held in June where Trustees are voted onto the board.

We also hold some sub committee meetings to focus on different areas of the business. These are:

  • Finance and funding
  • Personnel
  • Fundraising and Publicity
  • Learning and Development

Home-Start - Helping families

Want to Know More?

Home-Start is made up of staff, trustees, volunteers and many supporters, all of whom provide an essential service to struggling families.

If you would like to know more please contact us via the details below to arrange an informal chat or to receive more information.

Home-Start East Lothian
Early Years Centre, Tranent, 
East Lothian, EH33 1DA. 
Telephone 01875 616066 




I Became a Home-Start Trustee Because...

“I feel Home-Start gives families excellent support, as the feedback from parents speaks for itself . 

This is due to the devotion of the Staff and Volunteers”.

“I enjoy being a trustee for Home-Start East Lothian because they offer excellent support for families in East Lothian and I wanted to help make a difference in my local community.


I feel I have the skills and experience required to support the running of the project and to continue to help make important decisions about their future”.
Home- Start East Lothian

“I value the opportunity of bridge-building within a scheme. Bridge-building between people within diverse organisations offering different skills and, more importantly, including the voice of the parent and volunteer.”

Trish Dickinson, Home-Start Selly Oak


“Being able, with other trustees, to oversee the development of a Home-Start scheme is a responsibility that brings with it a huge respect for the home visiting volunteers, who give their time, understanding, experience and love so freely. It is a very humbling experience.”

Meryl Handy, Home-Start Sutton Coldfield


“I heard about Home-Start first from a friend who was being supported by a volunteer. My friend then mentioned the fact that the scheme was short of trustees and I thought that this might be my opportunity to help out. I went in to meet the senior organiser and co-ordinator and the more I learnt about Home-Start the more I wanted to help out.”

Mary Douglas-Jones, Home-Start Bristol


“I became a Home-Start trustee by having first been a home-visiting volunteer. I was so happy to see that the support I was able to offer a family seemed to make a big difference to them - though it took only a few hours a week of my time.”

Catherine Makepeace, Home-Start Mid Devon