Please note all staff are still currently working remotely.
We can offer telephone, digital and distanced support and are guided by our families and volunteers 
to find out what is best for them.   We offer 1:1 support and access to online groups.

We can be contacted by telephone 0131 564 1540 and please just leave a message and we will call you back as soon as we can.  Alternatively please email help@hsew.org.uk
Please bear with us and stay safe in these difficult times.  
Feel free to get in touch and we will get back to you ASAP.

The health and well-being of our families, volunteers and staff are extremely important to all of us and importantly our Trustees.  We keep up to date with Government Guidelines https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-organised-activities-for-children/pages/overview/ and network with our partners in local areas

We ask that volunteers continue to support their families through telephone calls; text messages; WhatsApp texts/videos; Skype and by providing distanced visits as agreed with staff (all in agreement with their families) but not to carry out home visiting. 

Staff will also continue to support families and volunteers in the same way as above but continue to be based from home.
We hope you can understand the reasons behind our decision and we will keep you updated of any changes.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need to have a chat or for further information.  
We can access messages to our office telephone number and all staff have mobiles for work use.
Many thanks for your understanding and co-operation during this uncertain period.

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Founded in 2000 we are a small, local charity supporting families with children under five in the North-West and South-West of Edinburgh.
Our services provide support, friendship and practical help to parents, with the aim of also helping children to get the best start in life.
We do this by offering home visiting support alongside access to groups. 

Our services are coordinated by a small friendly team of staff and volunteers and we have a dedicated team of Trustees
who give freely of their time to oversea the service development and financial management. 

Our office is based in Room S3 525 Ferry Road Edinburgh

If you would like to find out about our services please contact us by email - help@hsew.org.uk  
You can call us on 0131 564 1540

****If you want to contact Margot, Heather, Stefy, Magda or Nancy directly then you can ask us for their email or mobile number****

About Home-Start

Many parents need help, friendship and support during those early years when children are young. Being a parent isn't always easy especially if you are also dealing with some of the pressures life can send your way like illness, stress or financial worries.  We understand that raising a family can sometimes feel overwhelming and offer friendship and support to families with young children at home.  Anyone with a child under 5 can contact us or ask another agency involved to complete a referral form.  All help is free and confidential. For more information please see leaflets attached at bottom of page.

What our families have to say about us
“Home-Start kept me going when I was too low to manage alone.”
“Helped get me out of the house and have fun with the kids.”
“Home-start have helped so much with my confidence and me feeling isolated.”
“Thank you for all your support. When no options were available then I found Home-Start ”

Contact -

Phone:       0131 564 1540
Email:        help@hsew.org.uk
Post:         Room S3 525 Ferry Road Edinburgh EH5 2FF

Home Visiting 
Our fantastic volunteers provide on-going support to families. Last year we supported 63 families with one-to-one support in their own homes. At Home-Start we understand that everybody needs a bit of help sometimes and our support is available to anyone with an under 5 in the Edinburgh West and South West Area who needs some support with the challenges of parenting. For more information on our home-visiting service click here or to make a referral click here. 

PEEP Groups
Every week we run PEEP groups in various locations for local parents to support and enhance their own children's learning and development. For more information on our groups click here

Baby Massage
Throughout the year we run free baby massage courses for babies aged 6 weeks - 6 months in various locations. For more information on current courses have a look at our facebook page or contact the office.

Focus Weeks
Throughout the year we run focus weeks on issues that affect many of the families we work with. This focus weeks can include training, workshops, drop in sessions and one-to-one information and support. Some of our recent focus weeks have included child safety, book week and healthy eating.

For all the latest information on what we do visit our facebook page

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Margot MacKenzie,
17 Oct 2019, 03:26