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  Family Support

Home-Start Clackmannanshire wants to see a society in which every parent/carer has the support they need to give their children the best possible start in life.

Raising a family is difficult and many parents/carers need help, friendship, advice or support during those early years when children are young.

There is no rulebook for raising a family and sometimes it can seem overwhelming, particularly if your family is going through difficult times such as:

  • Loneliness or isolation
  • Bereavement
  • Illness or disabilities
  • Relationships problems
  • Post-natal depression
  • First time parenting
  • Or just finding parenting a struggle

But if you can get the support you need when you need it, then day-to-day family life and your children’s future can be so much brighter.

Through a team of Family Support Volunteers Home-Start Clackmannanshire provides one-to-one support for parents/carers with one or more children under twelve years old. Family Support Volunteers commit to visit their Home-Start family’s home for 2-3 hours every week and the type of support the Volunteer gives depends very much on the needs of the family. Family Support Volunteers are carefully matched with the family they support so that their life experience and skills as well as personalities allow for a trusting relationship to develop. Families are referred to us for a wide range of reasons but the one thing they have in common is that they want to give their child the best possible start.

What you can expect from Home-Start Clackmannanshire

You will receive a mixture of practical help and emotional support that is free and confidential. Your Family Support Volunteer will usually visit you at home for a couple of hours each week and you decide what happens – playing at the park; helping you make/keep medical appointments; helping to find out more about local services or just having a cup of tea and a chat while the children play at home.  

Maybe you need someone to talk to who won’t judge you; a shoulder to cry on or perhaps someone to play with or read to your children; maybe a bit of support to make or keep medical appointments or someone to introduce you to local activities for children.  You decide.


Through our Family Support Groups we seek to help strengthen parent-child relationships and build parental confidence. The group has a varied and fun-filled programme.

Our team produce a varied, fun-filled and imaginative programme. Our sessions include a wide range of activities including Bookbug sessions, messy play and adventures outside!

The Groups have a very supportive atmosphere which welcomes a diverse group of families from across Clackmannanshire.

Family Groups currently take place on Tuesdays at the Bowmar Centre, Alloa and on a Wednesday at the Ben Cleuch Centre, Tillicoultry.  A third Group is just about to open!  During school holidays we offer a range of outings and activities, including Play in the Park, making best use of the many wonderful Parks Clackmannanshire has.