Home-Start Aberdeen secures three-year Robertson Trust funding

23 May 2018

Home-Start Aberdeen has received an important three-year funding package to support its work with local families.

Funding from The Robertson Trust totalling £60,000 has recently been awarded. The charity will receive three staged payments between 2018 and 2020, enabling it to support 40 city-based families. Home-Start Aberdeen trains and co-ordinates volunteers, who provide families who are vulnerable, or suffering from isolation, with emotional and practical support in their own homes.

Families who are referred to Home-Start Aberdeen may be facing a number of challenges, including physical and mental health conditions, disability, multiple births, domestic violence or substance addiction. Volunteers, who are often parents themselves, are carefully matched with a family who they visit on a weekly basis. The charity’s unique formula of regular support in the home setting is proven to work, helping families to avoid further crises or breakdown.

Georgette Cobban, scheme manager, Home-Start Aberdeen said: “This three-year commitment from The Robertson Trust is a genuine boon for Home-Start Aberdeen as we strive to meet the increasingly complex needs of the families who desperately need our support.

“The nature of the issues that families are dealing with means that they may require our support for extended periods of time. It is gratifying that The Robertson Trust’s funding package recognises this and seeks to support the provision of a sustained service.”

The Robertson Trust is currently Scotland’s largest independent trust. Founded by the Robertson sisters in 1961, it has a vision to improve the quality of life and realise the potential of people and communities in Scotland.

Home-Start Aberdeen started life in 1987 as a small project based in the Mastrick area of the city. It has since grown to become one of the largest Home-Start schemes in the UK. Its small staff team of 13 co-ordinate the efforts of around 125 volunteers, who support 220 families, including 360 children, each year.

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