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What we do

Home-Start Glasgow South exists to help families overcome personal challenges. As a charity for families, we understand that everyone struggles from time to time, and most of us could do with an occasional helping hand to offer guidance and support to help us through difficult periods.

We work with parents and children to help them develop the strategies, confidence and skills to enable them to overcome the challenges they are facing.

Every situation is different.
Individuals deserve an individual approach.

How we work

As a charity for families, our aim is to provide a personalised support service to families.  Whether a family approaches us independently or is referred to us, each is treated with the same level of compassion, confidentiality and respect.

We work with families who are dealing with a range of issues. From mental health issues or post natal depression, victims of domestic abuse, parents struggling with substance abuse or learning difficulties, or those reporting difficulties coping as a young or single parents.  We work with asylum seekers, families who have suffered bereavement or family breakdown and anyone with young children who needs a little extra support.

Each family has the chance to tell us what they need so we can set goals and agree a personalised support plan that will help them. We feel it is important that parents can tell us how they feel, so together we can work to make things better. Our support is designed to combat different needs in different ways, and can be tailored to suit any situation. For example, some may benefit from a home-visiting volunteer, while others require groups, tutors or courses to best address the family’s requirements.

Families are visited regularly by our Family Support Coordinators to talk about how they feel their support is helping, and it is adjusted if required.

Receiving support

Receiving support from Home-Start Glasgow South couldn’t be easier.

If you would like to refer a friend or family member to us, you can call us on 0141 570 8735 in complete confidence to discuss your circumstances and find out more about how we can help. Alternatively, you can request a call back by emailing [email protected]one of our Family Support Coordinators will be in touch as soon as possible.

For professionals working with families, referrals can be made by completing a Home-Start Glasgow South referral form below and returning it to us either via email or by post.

When we receive your referral we will contact you to confirm receipt and begin the process to allocate the family to one of our Family Support Coordinators. They will then make contact with the family to arrange a visit.  Together with the parents our Coordinators will design a support plan which best addresses the family’s requirements so support can begin as soon as possible.

At the discretion of families, referrers will be kept informed throughout the early stages as support is put in place.

We help parents give their children the best start in life

Our services

Home-visiting volunteers

Our home visiting volunteers visit families once a week for 2-3 hours, and offer practical and emotional support for families. The level of support continually adapts as the family progresses, or as new needs are identified. Click below to find out more and apply to be a home visiting volunteer.

Creative play in schools

We travel around local primary schools offering 8 week blocks of Creative Play. The sessions are highly interactive, good fun and sometimes quite messy! Creative Play has been designed to stimulate children’s creative juices and encourage parents and children to work, play and enjoy spending time together.

Intensive family support

To provide essential support as quickly as possible, we introduced an in-house service to engage with families on a one-to-one basis to prevent them reaching crisis point. If you are a social worker and would like to discuss referring a family for support, please call us on 0141 570 8735.

English tutoring

Our English Tutors visit families in their own homes once a week for a few hours to provide support learning English via worksheets and books. Our volunteers can also accompany parents and families out into the community to assist with practice scenarios. To find out more about becoming an English speaking volunteer, click here or request a referral pack below.

Training events

Every year we run a number of training events exclusively for families, volunteers or both. We engage external speakers and trainers to facilitate training on topics as diverse as baby and child first aid and breastfeeding to Child Protection and Autism Awareness.. Events are normally limited to groups of between 10 and 20 people depending on the nature of the course, and are all free of charge.

Family trips

Throughout the year we facilitate trips for the families we support. In recent years we’ve visited a range of attractions to offer new experiences for parents and their children. Most of our outings are funded by BBC Children in Need. We’re extremely proud to be able to offer children new experiences.

Our weekly groups

We offer regular groups that you can get involved in. Check out our schedule below and contact us to find out more.

Mums’ group

10am – 11.30am
Gowanbank Primary School

English group (Pollokshaws)

12.45pm – 2.45pm
Pollokshaws Burgh Hall

To find out more about any of our groups,
call 0141 570 8735, or visit our groups page.

English group (Pollokshields)

9.45am – 11.15am
Pollokshields Primary School
(Term Time Only)

Toddle in (Tuesday)

10am – 11.30am
Castlemilk Parish Church

To find out more about any of our groups,
call 0141 570 8735, or visit our groups page.

Toddle in (Wednesday)

10am – 11.30am
Castlemilk Parish Church

One to one baby massage

1pm – 2pm
We visit you at home!

Dads’ group

3pm – 4.30pm
Gowanbank Primary School

To find out more about any of our groups,
call 0141 570 8735, or visit our groups page.

Walking group

10am – 11.30am
Our walking group tours the parks of Glasgow’s Southside, taking in  a different park each week – check our events calendar to see where we’re walking next!

Parent & tots

1.15pm – 2.45pm
Penilee Community Centre
(Term time only)

To find out more about any of our groups,
call 0141 570 8735, or visit our groups page.

Ladies group

10am – 11.30am
Pollokshaws Burgh Hall
(Term time only)

One to one baby massage

1pm – 2pm
We visit you at home!

To find out more about any of our groups,
call 0141 570 8735, or visit our groups page.

Any questions?

To enquire about any of our services, or to find out more about becoming a Home-Start Glasgow South volunteer, please contact us today. Conversations are always completely confidential.

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