HSGN launch official tartan in time for Kiltwalk

We are delighted to reveal the new, official Home-Start Glasgow North tartan.

Designed and gifted by the wonderful Slanj Kilts, the tartan will see its first official outing at the Kiltwalk 2018 in Glasgow on 29th April. You can see the tartan in all its glory on our Facebook page.

“We had never imagined having our very own registered tartan” said our Chair, Alan Webb. “We met with the Slanj team to learn from their previous Kiltwalk experience, where they provide free kilt hire to all Kiltwalkers. Before we knew, we’d left with amazing Kiltwalk partners, lots of ideas and our HSGN tartan”.

After the first outing at Kiltwalk, with our Ambassador, Kaye Adams, and our new mascot, ‘Slanj’ Bear walking in the very first HSGN kilts, the tartan will be used to develop the identity of our community charity. We’ll also be able to share it with others in the Home-Start network, promoting families.

Everyone walking in support of our work will receive a Home-Start/Kiltwalk t-shirt incorporating the new tartan design.

We’re also delighted to announce the support of young people, volunteers and staff of Royston Youth Action. Recent winners of the Evening Times Community Champion Public Service Award, young people chose Home-Start Glasgow North as one of their 2018 charities in the brilliant ‘12 Acts of Kindness’ project. The team will join us to walk, to encourage others to join our team and are currently exploring opportunities to perform at the finish in Moss O Balloch Park.

Read more about our Kiltwalk plans here. You are more than welcome to join the team!

For more information, please get in touch chairperson@homestartglasgownorth.org.uk

Home-Start Glasgow North to target isolation for young mums

Home-Start Glasgow North (HSGN) has been awarded funding to develop work addressing isolation for young mums.

As part of an exercise supported by a Red Cross Social Isolation Project and managed by Home-Start UK, HSGN presented a proposal to address isolation at a collaboration event earlier this year, where a number of teams from the Home-Start UK network brought forward their ideas focussed on four core areas:

  • Diversity – connecting with more minority communities
  • Engagement – engaging with young mums on their terms, through the right channels and meeting their individual needs
  • Peer support – establishing sustainable supports and networks
  • Co-design – working with others to ensure appropriate delivery and positive outcomes

The HSGN team will now use the £10,000 award to work with partners to connect with young mums, particularly those identifying as LGBT, those from minority ethnic communities and possibly mums with care experience.

Nikki O’Hara, Manager of HSGN said ‘Loneliness and social isolation are challenges faced by many families we support and we are proud of the positive outcomes from our work. We believe there is still much more work to be done in scoping and exploring ways to increase the support offered to wider groups across local communities. Home-Start Glasgow North will now increase visibility, enabling us to support further families regardless of how they are created or their ‘makeup’ today. We would like to break down barriers and decrease stigma for young mums who experience loneliness and isolation.’

This is the latest piece of work on addressing lonliness and social isolation, following an announcment earlier this year that we would respond to the Scottish Government ‘Connected Scotland’ consultation, which will be published soon.

Volunteer Training & Assessment Courses – Glasgow & Lanarkshire

The next volunteer training and assessment course for Glasgow North is due to start on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

The next North Lanarkshire course will start on Tuesday 17 April 2018.

Both courses run weekly from 9.30 am – 2.30 pm for 7 weeks.

If you are interested in joining either course, please contact us for more information or download an application form here

0141 948 0441 / 0141 945 2289


New Nurture Group gets the go-ahead from community

Home-Start Glasgow North will go ahead with creating a new Nurture Group in the North of the City.

Following consultation with the local community through Digi All Decide?, the Community Fund from Maryhill Housing Association will now support the launch of this new group format, aimed at supporting parents & families through a more intimate group setting than is currently available.

Whilst the Home-Start core work remains visting families in their own homes, we have seen huge successes in our group work over the years, with a very popular Family Group, Welcome Group, and the most recent addition, a Dads Group for dads and male carers.

The new Nurture Group is intended to build confidence and resilience in local families with young children, connecting them with others and addressing some of their concerns and worries. It is hoped parents can then confidently move forward with supports for their family, through our other services if needed.

A huge thank you to the local community for putting their faith, and important funding, in our project. We look forward to sharing successes.