Our Services

Family Support Service

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

 

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:

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But, if you can get the support you need and when you need it, then day-to-day family life and your children’s future can be so much brighter! Through a team of home-visiting Family Support Volunteers we provide 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 in their own 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 children the best possible start in life.

What You Can Expect

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 2-3 hours each week and you decide what happens – playing at the park, dealing with finances, cooking, budgeting, helping you make/keep medical appointments, support to engage in the community and the services on offer, or just having a cup of tea and a chat while the children play at home.  It’s your support – you decide!

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Family Support Groups

Through our Family Support Groups we seek to help strengthen parent-child relationships and build parental confidence. The groups have varied and fun-filled programmes. 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. All group sessions, as well as family trips, are organised by Valerie and Carole with support from our amazing Volunteers.

 

Weekly Family Support Groups currently take place on Tuesdays at Hawkhill Community Centre (9.30am-11am) and after the summer holidays at The Blue House in Tullibody and the Ben Cleuch Centre in Tillicoultry. 

 

In addition, after the summer holidays, we will also be offering Cooking Sessions, a Parent Only Group, and an Art project with the support of Reachout with Arts in Mind. 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.