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 – or


Home-Start Glasgow North responding to consultation on loneliness & social isolation

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.

Volunteer Training & Assessment Course in Glasgow & Lanarkshire

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 receives Living Wage Accreditation

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.”