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.

Home-Start Glasgow North in running for local Community Fund support

Home-Start Glasgow North is in the running for an important share of the £20,000 Community Fund from Maryhill Housing Association.

The application proposal is for a new Nurture Group, working with families in smaller groups than is currently available through the larger, very successful Family Group, which happens each week.

Many families face isolation, loneliness and a detachment from our community for many reasons. There are families across Glasgow who don’t feel able to leave their own homes at all. Attending a larger group can be a challenge that many are unable to face to begin with. The option of a smaller group setting will allow an opportunity to meet new people, connect with services and build confidence to move forward with other support for their family.

The local community is asked to join a Decision Event on Saturday 10th March, from 1pm to 3pm at Maryhill Burgh Halls, where there will be a short presentation from each applicant and an opportunity to vote. 24 proposals have been submitted, so the decisions won’t be easy.

The decision of the community is expected to be announced soon after voting. Fingers crossed!

Slanj & Home-Start GN partner for Kiltwalk 2018

We’re delighted to announce our partnership with the famous luxury Scottish clothing brand, Slanj, as we create our Kiltwalk 2018 experience.

Kiltwalk 2018 in Glasgow is our first ever and we want to make it a special event. The day brings people together from across the West of Scotland, fundraising for their chosen charity and having a great time together. Sir Tom Hunter, through his fantastic Hunter Foundation, will ensure that each charity receives 140% of the donation value pledged by walkers and supporters, which can make a huge difference to a community charity like us.

For over 20 years, Slanj has been designing, producing, selling and hiring some of Scotland’s most iconic tartan merchandise. Even so, it remains very much a family business, working across Central Scotland but reaching across the world.

Even better news – Slanj are offering free kilt hire for those taking part in the Kiltwalk.

“Slanj is a big family, so naturally we want to support a charity which fits our company culture perfectly. For the 2018 Kiltwalk we will join Home-Start to raise awareness and funds to further boost the wonderful work they do empowering families and help build and support nurturing family environments in the North of Glasgow and Nationwide. Join us in our walk, learn more about Home-Start and get your free kilt hire!”

Alan Webb of Home-Start Glasgow North said “This is a great opportunity for us, working with such an iconic Scottish brand for our first ever Kiltwalk. Not only is Kiltwalk a great opportunity for fundraising, it provides a platform for us to include the families we work with, our volunteers and staff.  We are currently working on ways to make sure there are no barriers for people to join us, helping them get outdoors with their children, realise benefits from exercising, meeting others and having fun together. The support of Slanj will help us do that more than we could have originally planned for.”

We have more exciting news from our partnership coming very soon.  Until then, why not join us at this famous event and support our work with families in Glasgow & North Lanarkshire.

What to do next:

If you can’t join us on the day, you can donate to our team and our work here.

Also, if you are an organisation that can help support our small Registration and Transport Fund, designed to ensure our Kiltwalk experience is as inclusive as possible with no financial barriers, please do get in touch – nikki@homestartglasgownorth.org.uk or chairperson@homestartglasgownorth.org.uk