Last week, the Scottish Government launched a consultation on tackling social isolation and loneliness across Scotland – you can read it here. This follows a previous report from the Scottish Parliament Committee on Equal Opportunities which highlighted the need for a national strategy.
For over 16 years, Home-Start Glasgow North has worked with families across communities facing some of life’s biggest challenges, many of whom reported loneliness and isolation as a key factor in their circumstances.
A 2017 report from Home-Start UK shows that 43% of families seeking support from the network in Scotland are doing so due to isolation and loneliness, amongst other issues. The report also highlights our successes, including 93% of families reporting feeling less isolated at the end of our time working with them.
Given our experience of working with families to address loneliness and social isolation, Home-Start Glasgow North intends to respond to the Scottish Government draft strategy and consultation, which will include views from our volunteers and families we have worked with. We have also written to the Scottish Government to invite Ministers to see our work across communities north of the River Clyde and now in North Lanarkshire, in order to help inform the national and local strategy.
The next volunteer training and assessment course for HSGN will start on Wednesday 24 January 2018 and run every Wednesday thereafter for 7 weeks.
The next North Lanarkshire course will start on Tuesday 30 January 2018.
If you are interested in joining either course, please contact us or download an application form here
0141 948 0441 / 0141 945 2289
Home-Start Glasgow North has received official accreditation as a Living Wage Employer.
Although the organisation had already set staff pay at, or in excess of, the living wage, this recognition is an important statement. It gives assurance to our funders and supporters that we reward our staff fairly and in a way that allows them to support themselves and their families. It shows our commitment as an employer to all of our dedicated employees who work hard for local families facing difficulties every day. The recognition may also encourage other organisations in the third sector, big or small, to revisit their pay for staff and to join the movement of Living Wage employers.
On receiving the accreditation, Alan Webb, Chair of the Board of Trustees said “Paying the living wage has a wider impact, not only on our employees, but on their families, communities and the local economy. We are pleased to receive this recognition, which we will share with pride. Working with families in our communities who are facing difficulties brings our committed team of staff close to many issues, including isolation, poverty and with some who are experiencing financial difficulties, despite having a job. Today, we are showing that even the smallest of community charities can best value their staff through rewarding hard work with a living wage.”
This winter, we are launching our All Year Round campaign, highlighting the difficulties faced by families in our community throughout the year, not just during the festive season.
By highlighting real stories, we hope to draw attention to our work every day with families in our local communities across the north of Glasgow and Lanarkshire. We really need your help for funds to help us with the variety of work needed to give parents and carers the confidence and resilience to give their young children the very best start.
- It costs, on average, £750 for a fully trained volunteer to support a family in their home for six months
- More than £10,000 is spend on the training, assessment & development of our volunteers each year.
- A nurture group, working with families to reduce isolation and build confidence in the community, costs more than £5000 each year.
- It costs more than £500 each year to provide a warm snack for families with young children at our Family Group each year.
Donations can be made by text. Simply text HSGN17 £10 to 70070 to donate £10 to our work.
You can change the value of your donation and gift aid is available.
All of your donation, including Gift Aid, is sent to us. Your network standard SMS rates may apply.
You can also donate online here https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/home-startglasgownorth