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Vote for Home-Start Glasgow South This August in the Discount Promo Codes Charity Poll

This August, Home-Start Glasgow South are delighted to be teaming up with money saving website Discount Promo Codes in their charity poll. We are one of three charities competing for votes in a bid to win 20% of the site’s profits, but to be in with a chance of winning, we need your votes!

Discount Promo Codes have been raising money for different charities since their launch in 2012. They’re home to thousands of voucher codes and offers from the UK’s most popular brands, offering savings on everything from groceries to home furnishings. Every time one of their codes is used, they make a small commission at no extra cost to the customer, and this is how they are able to donate 20% of their profits to charity every single month. Since their launch, they’ve managed to raise over £58,000 for good causes. This August, Home-Start Glasgow South are one of the three nominated charities taking part in their monthly poll.

Every month, three charities compete for votes by visitors to the site. Users can vote for their favourite charity completely free of charge, as well as being able to take advantage of the codes and offers available. At the end of the month, the charity with the most votes wins the donation. 

How You Can Support Us

In order to be in for a chance of winning this donation, we’ll be needing your support. From the 1st of August, you’ll be able to head over to Discount Promo Codes where you can cast your vote. The poll is located on the homepage on the right hand side – simply select Home-Start Glasgow South from the list and click the green button to cast your vote, and that’s it! 

While voting is free of charge, any codes used throughout the month will go towards the final donation made to the winning charity. So, if you need to do any online shopping, it’s worth taking a look at the deals on offer. Not only will you be able to find a saving on your shopping, but you’ll also be contributing to the donation we’re up for winning!

If you want to support us further, you can even share this with your friends and family – voting takes less than two minutes so it’s incredibly easy to get involved! Please vote for Home-Start Glasgow South this August and help us to be there for even more families in our local community. Thank you. 

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Our response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Monday 16 March 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global pandemic, according to the World Health Organisation.

We have already given advice to our staff and volunteers, based on the national guidance from NHS Scotland, available here and the Scottish Government, available here. We encourage people to seek information about the virus and actions to be taken only from these official sources. You will also find information on seeking help for all those in Scotland, regardless of residency. 

Given the latest advice from the Scottish Government, anyone who has a persistent cough or high temperature should not attend groups or visit families. Please contact the office if this is the case.  This will help keep people as well as possible.

As a support organisation working with many people across the south of Glasgow, we prioritise the health and wellbeing of all those connected with us.  At this time, we continue to deliver our services as normal. The situation is changing almost daily, and we are keeping this under review.

Our Board and Management Team have concluded initial plans that will be put in place if restrictions or closure of our services are necessary. We will work hard to avoid this for as long as we are able, recognising the impact on families and young children on having to withdraw support and our responsibility to keep everyone safe. Any reduction in home visiting or groups could be replaced by an alternative method of support. We want people to know we’re here when you need us, it may just be in a different way for a while.

You can find useful advice on your own wellbeing from the charity Mind  here.

We will update our website and social media should the situation change and, should further action be required, we will communicate directly with families, our volunteers and partners.

Thank you for your support.

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Family Support Story

I have been working with my Home-Start volunteer for a year, and my experience has been really positive. I remember when I met Jayne, she was friendly and supportive. Through my past experiences with different support workers I was a little nervous, but Jayne made me feel relaxed and comfortable.

We discussed a support plan together to identify where the support was needed. I had a chance to say what support I felt I needed. When I started working with Home-Start I completely changed my life, working towards moving on from social work.

After Jayne and I got to know each other better, she explained to me she felt that I didn’t need support with looking after my daughter as I was doing so well by myself. Hearing positive feedback was great. I have been through a lot of hard times and I’m trying hard to overcome them – Jayne has been a huge support to me through this time. She even helped me to attend difficult appointments and was there to talk when I needed her.

Through having support from Jayne I’ve learned that I am a strong person and I can overcome anything that comes my way.

I had Jayne’s support for three months – it went by really quickly! Jayne and I built up a great relationship. We both agreed that Jayne would support me for as long as I needed so I could deal with my past traumas.

I’ve come so far since receiving support from Jayne. I am now finished with social work and soon I will finish working with Home-Start Glasgow South. It’s great for things to move on in my life but Jayne and Home-Start will be sadly missed.

My daughter and I also enjoyed going on Home-Start trips to places like Heads of Ayr Farm Park and M&D’s fair as well as the Home-Start Christmas party. It was great to be able to go to places that I wouldn’t manage to go to myself because of the travel and cost involved. This is a great use of funds for all the families working with Home-Start.

Now I would like to work towards becoming a youth support worker with children and families. You never know, maybe one day I will be working for Home-Start! I’ve learned a lot from Jayne who is a great role model. Thank you!

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Sally’s Story

After a textbook pregnancy, I gave birth to my beautiful daughter Alice. I felt such a sense of achievement, and the immediate love I felt for her was otherworldly.

Quickly, the warm afterglow of post-labour dreaminess began to turn into a constant, gnawing anxiety. This was only made worse by the fact that I couldn’t seem to master breastfeeding and Alice began losing weight. 

The following months after her birth became some of the most difficult months of my life.  I began to struggle with feelings of isolation, exhaustion and a sense of inadequacy and failure. I felt for the first time that my blindness had rendered me incapable of doing the most important task I’d been put on this earth to do: provide food for my child.  I felt that Alice didn’t need me – she had her Dad, her Grandparents and her Aunts. The once water-tight bond between my daughter and I was being torn apart by anxiety. I wanted to run and to end it all.

My mum recommended that I sought help, so I made my first call to Home-Start Glasgow South. After a couple of weeks Colette Boyle – HSGS’s then Family Support coordinator – appeared at my door. She told me that Home-Start was there for mums or dads just like me, who perhaps needed a little bit of emotional support. She simply listened, reassured and connected, mum to mum. 

She said that HSGS could provide me with a volunteer who could come out once a week to give me some moral and emotional support. I have since had help from four Home-Start Glasgow South volunteers – Inga, Kathleen, Sandra and Lynn. The help they offer me comes in a variety of forms.

Domestic support

Being a blind mum, I find sorting clothes and matching socks a tedious task, so my volunteer would help me organise these at the start of every visit. They also help me tidy all my children’s toys, clothes and books, and organise my personal mail. My current volunteer often accompanies me to the supermarket, pushes Amelia in her pram and carries bags back to my house with me. 

Out and about

My volunteers supported me through taking Alice out the house for the first time. Being mothers themselves, they knew the potential dangers of parks, soft-plays and other places. They catered for my lack of sight by advising me of the best places to go with Alice at her age. They gave me enough knowledge to feel confident in taking Alice out unaided knowing that she would be safe.

Reading, writing and bonding

Alice would spend hours staring at the pictures of books. It was hard not being able to sit with her and help her through this exploration as other mums could but my volunteer was able to help. I’d sit for half an hour or so each week with my Braille writing machine while the volunteer dictated the contents of the books. Alice and I could then bond together and I could answer her questions with confidence.

Emotional Support

The emotional storm that overtook me after the birth of Alice was nothing when compared to having my second child. Eventually, I was admitted to a mother and baby unit at my local psychiatric hospital. With the help of doctors, nurses, family and friends I was able to make a full recovery. Through all of this, my volunteer Sandra visited me twice in hospital and listened to my worries. Although the help from the unit was invaluable, I found those talks with Sandra some of the most healing of all.

This emotional support has featured strongly in all my Home-Start partnerships. They have developed a bond with my children and I, understand what I can and can’t do and are kind and compassionate. By helping with practical household chores, they give me time and space to play with Amelia and strengthen our bond. They have helped me become the strong, confident mother I am today.

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