Our Impact on Clackmannanshire


Families supported within
our core services in the past year


Children supported
over the past year


Individuals supported
in the past year

Latest Blogs, News & Events

Mum and child reading an illustrated book

Encouraging Language Development with Household Activities

Following the child’s lead is important in terms of brain development, and the development of language. Children develop a sense that what is going on in their mind is interesting and important to their carers. It motivates them to learn actively and engagingly rather than by repetition or simply hearing words spoken.

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News & Events

Home-Start chosen as Charity Partner for The Masked Singer

Launching on January 1st, Home-Start across the UK will encourage families to open up about the reality of parenting and also encourage others to check in with a family member, neighbour, work colleague or friend, to see how they are doing and if they need help. Parents will be encouraged to share their honest, unfiltered parenting experiences on social media using the hashtag #BehindTheMask.

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Volunteer feeding baby with mum sitting next to her

Your Baby’s Sleep

Babies’ sleep varies for lots of reasons, from their temperament to different family behaviours such as what they are fed, where they sleep, and how as parents we make sense of their needs. To begin with, babies don’t know the difference between night and day.

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"I know that I can call co-ordinator for emotional support when needed and the garden visits have been great due to shielding my child we have never seen anyone and to have someone visiting and playing with my child has given us as a family some fun back"
"I feel with this support I have been able to face most challenges without feeling I need to end my life"
"Able to say no and no longer using alcohol as a crutch anymore"
"Made lots of new friends at group and they liked me for me"
"Friends I have made through the Home-Start group have been a great support to me and daughter"
"It’s good to know that everyone is there for you and even giving you that kick up the bum when you need it"
"On-going support from volunteer through text and phone calls, these calls lifted my spirit and I have really missed her company"
"I have now been accepted into collage which has always been my dream"
"Felt more confident I am now in paid employment which I would not have done in the past"
"Feel more confident that I can cope when challenged before I would have gone to pieces"
"I was so lucky having the right volunteer which helped me improve my life"
"Practical things like getting the school lunches, extra food delivered, activity boxes and weekly zoom sessions have been great. Helping me deal with the children when they have been difficult and not listening just being there and knowing I can pick up phone and a staff member will listen and help me"
"So grateful for the emotional support and door step visits. Being allowed to have contact via face time with both staff and volunteer has been fantastic during this pandemic. I enjoyed the zoom calls but due to my physical and mental health have not joined over last few weeks"