Thank you for a wonderful, kind Volunteer; just someone reliable; just needed someone to be there for me and my babies when I felt exhausted; knew I had a lifeline of a Co-ordinator to talk to; cannot thank Home-Start enough for the help you have given my family; if I wasn’t going back to work, I would Volunteer NOW
Mum at end of support
Home-Start Glasgow North offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children across North Glasgow and, from May 2017, we are expanding our service into North Lanarkshire.
The main focus of Home-Start is to offer volunteer support to families in their own homes. By doing so Home-Start respects each family’s dignity and identity and can respond to individual needs, working together to build confidence, strengthen relationships and have fun for the ultimate benefit of the children.
Home-Start support is tailored to the needs of each family. Our volunteers are friendly and professional, and they offer effective and non-judgemental support. The relationship between the Home-Start volunteer and the family is established by choice. A lot of thought and care goes into matching each family with the right volunteer for them.
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Through the Family Group we seek to help strengthen parent-child relationships and build parental confidence. The group has a varied and fun-filled programme which has included baby massage, child dental health, baking, Bookbug rhymes and stories, and Triple P Positive Parenting.
Mary McConnell, our Family Group worker always produces a varied and imaginative programme. Our sessions include a wide range of activities including storytelling sessions, ‘learn to ride a bike’ workshops and we are currently running cookery workshops with Woodlands Community Garden so there is lots to participate in for both adults and children.
The group has a very supportive atmosphere which welcomes a diverse group of families from different parts of north Glasgow.
VIDEO INTERACTION GUIDANCE
We continue to offer Video Interaction Guidance (or VIG) to some of our families. This is an intervention that has been developed by educational psychologists, and that aims to improve communication and relationships. Parents are guided to reflect on video clips of their own positive interactions with their children. The intervention is based on respect, empowerment and collaboration and aims to promote greater parental sensitivity to the child’s initiatives.
Put simply, we can help parents identify what they are already doing well, and help them to build on this to improve their relationships with their children.
We are delighted to be launching this new group to support dads, grandads and male carers. The group will meet in the North Kelvin Meadow Children’s Wood.
Activities include playing in the Mud Kitchen; den building; treasure hunts and adventures in the woods. There will be stories and songs round the campfire with refreshments and wet weather gear provided if needed!
The group will meet every Friday morning from 21st April for 8 weeks between 10 a.m. – 12 noon.
If you would like to refer or join the group please contact us on 0141 948 0441