Blairgowrie and Strathmore Home-Start Parent Volunteers

19 April 2016

Home-Start is taking their training course – known as ‘the Prep Course’ to Rattray in May 2016.

This course has traditionally been carried out in Perth. However, as the benefits of the Home-Start service are appreciated throughout our large region, it makes sense to take the training out to areas where families and volunteers are, thus making it accessible for all. Five new volunteers were recently trained in Aberfeldy and the Home-Start team is now heading to Rattray where they begin their 6 week (1 day a week) course on Monday. 9 May 2016.

Home-Start supports families with children under the age of 5. They seek to offer a service empowering and supporting parents to develop the skills to become confident and effective, enabling them to provide a strong foundation for their children in the earliest and most important years of their lives.

Home-Start works by matching trained volunteers with families. Volunteers then offer individualised support for families who face difficulties which may include isolation, poverty, domestic abuse, substance abuse, bereavement, single parents, multiple births, family breakdown, illness and disability, and behavioural problems. Home-Start volunteers provide support that is completely non-statutory, non-judgemental and non-invasive. Parent volunteers do not dictate how to make your life better (they don’t know!); they help you find your way. In this way, coping strategies, independence, and confidence are developed. This in turn promotes child health and well-being, early years’ development and attainment. During the period of support (which, while averaging 6-9 months can be anything from weeks to years), a parent volunteer will visit the family once a week for up to two hours. Support is very much tailored towards the individual.

If you would like to find out more about the opportunity to become a parent volunteer and benefit from the rewarding experience on offer, please contact either Fiona or Jill on 01738 638847 or email

Further information:

Home-Start Perth
Tel: 01738 638847

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