Groups

Home-Start Glasgow South Groups run every weekday at a variety of locations around Glasgow’s Southside, are completely inclusive and free for everyone.  Our groups are designed to give parents the opportunity to enjoy time with their children in an environment free of everyday stresses and ensure family time gets the space it deserves.

English Group

English Group WHI
Mondays Afternoons 12.45 – 2.45pm
Pollokshaws Burgh Hall
Tuesday Mornings 9.45am – 11.15am
Pollokshields Primary School
(Term Time & Pollokshields pupils only at present)

Toddle In

Toddle In WHI
Tuesdays between 10 – 11.30am
Castlemilk Parish Church (1 Dougrie Rd, Castlemilk)
(Term time only)
Wednesdays between 10 – 11.30am
Castlemilk Parish Church (1 Dougrie Rd, Castlemilk)
(Term time only)

Dads’ Group

Dads Group Glasgow
Wednesdays between 3 – 4.30pm
At Jean Paul II Primary School
(Term tim only)
Thursdays between 3 – 4.30pm
At Gowanbank Primary School
(Term time only)

Our original English Group on Mondays here in the Burgh Hall has proved so popular over the years that we’ve decided to add another. Beginning in Autumn 2017, we’ll be running a new group in Pollokshields Primary School on Tuesday Mornings.

The groups are facilitated by Charlene, with help from our English Tutor Volunteers, and is designed to help parents whose first language is not English learn the basic language skills to enable them to confidently and effectively communicate and integrate with their local communities.

A crèche facility is provided at both groups so parents can learn while their children play and socialise with other children, and we’re thoroughly looking forward to taking what we’ve learned from our original English Group to a new audience!

For more information and to ask about availability please contact Charlene on 0141 570 8735.

Our Tuesday Toddle In Group has proven to be extremely popular since its inception, and still has a waiting list for new attendees. Thanks to this constant demand from local parents we’re very happy to say we’ve been able to add a second Toddle In Group to our schedule!

Also based within Castlemilk Parish Church on Dougrie Road, this second group on Wednesdays will offer extra capacity for those parents who have been unable to attend Tuesday’s group, and additional space to accommodate new families. Toddle In offers an opportunity for parents to get together while their children have fun with other children through play and different activities each week.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided for parents, with snacks available for children.

Fore more information please call Diane or Charlene on 0141 570 8735.

Our innovative and hugely popular weekly Dads’ Group has recently expanded to a second venue, and from April 2018 now takes place on both Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The group is run by our dedicated Dads’ Coordinator, Ryan, with the simple goal of providing time for Dads and their children to spend time together, having fun. Activities include messy, creative and arty play, and having fun outdoors.

Dads who don’t have children at Gowanbank School are also very welcome to come along, but for the time being, our Jean Paul II group is only available to families with children attending the school.

For more information please call Ryan on 0141 570 8735.

Parent & Tots

Parents and Totas WHI
Thursdays between 1.15 – 2.45pm
In Penilee Community Centre
(Term time only)

Ladies’ Group

Ladies Group WHI
Fridays between 10 – 11.30am
In Pollokshaws Burgh Hall
(Term time only)

Walking Group

Walking Group Web Image
Thursdays 10am – 11.30am
Location: Various!

Thursday features our Parents & Tots Group, based in Penilee Community Centre.

This is a friendly, fun group where parents and children get the opportunity to play and meet new friends. The group enjoys arts and crafts activities as well as music and dancing sessions.

Tea and coffee is provided for parents while the children enjoy juice and a snack.

For more information and to enquire about availability, please contact Diane or Charlene on 0141 570 8735.

Our group week closes with the extremely popular Ladies Group, held here in the Burgh Hall.

Taking place between 10 and 11.30am, Ladies attending have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of workshops every week including cooking, sewing, knitting, health and well-being, arts and crafts and many more.

We provide a crèche facility so while the ladies are having some mum time on their own in a friendly and relaxed environment; the children are socialising and having fun playing in the crèche with other children.

To enquire about availability and to book a place please contact Diane on 0141 570 8735.

A new group for 2018, our Walking Group is for anyone who wants to improve their health and fitness, meet new friends, and enjoy the wonderful array of green spaces the Southside of Glasgow has to offer.

The group meets every Thursday at 10am at different parks around the Southside, and will run until the schools break up for their summer holidays in June, restarting when they return in August.

You can find out where we will be and when below, and for more information about the group, and to book a place, please give Charlene a call on 0141 570 8735, or email charlene@homestartglasgowsouth.org.uk.

Creative Play

Creative Play WHI
Our Creative Play sessions travel around Southside schools in 8 week blocks. To find out when and where the next block will be held, please check out our Events Calendar, or contact the office.
(Term time only)

Baby Massage

Baby Massage Glasgow
Wednesdays & Fridays 1pm – 2pm
Location: We visit you at home!

Mums’ Group

Mums Group Glasgow
Mondays 10am – 11.30am.
Gowanbank Primary School
(Term Time Only)

Our Creative Play workshops are one of our flagship programs.  The sessions are highly interactive, extremely good fun and sometimes quite messy!

Creative Play draws on all our years of experience running different styles of family groups and squeezes the best bits into an intensive 8 week course which has been designed to stimulate children’s creative juices and encourage parents and children to work, play and generally enjoy spending time together.

Creative Play has visited all corners of the Southside over the last year, and since we’ve increased our staff numbers, we’re now able to run twice as many!

Teachers, for more information about the sessions, and to enquire about bringing Creative Play to your school, please call Charlene on 0141 570 8735.

In a change to our schedule for Autumn 2017, we’re taking our Baby Massage on tour!

Our new Baby Massage Group was extremely well received over the summer, but when talking to parents we found that it was not always easy for them to get to the group, so we’ve decided to mix things up and visit parents instead of asking them to come to us.

On a one-to-one basis, we will teach you techniques which help relax and sooth your baby, help build your confidence when handling him or her and promote bonding and attachment with your baby, and open new ways of interacting and communicating, all in the secure and familiar surroundings of your own home.

Availability is extremely limited, so more information and to check out availability, please call Diane on 0141 570 8735.

A group for Mums!

Our Mum’s Group is strictly Mums only (there’s no creche available), and offers some time for Mum’s to relax, get social and enjoy activities away from the demands of their children.

For more information and to book a place, please give Charlene a call on 0141 570 8735.

For more information about any of our groups, and to enquire about available space, please give us a call on 0141 570 8735, or drop us an email at theteam@homestartglasgowsouth.org.uk.