Need Help?

Many parents feel overwhelmed or exhausted by the stresses and difficulties of everyday life. Too often they have no close family members or friends who can give them encouragement and support – or simply some breathing space when they most need it.

This is where Home-Start comes in. We believe that children need a happy and secure childhood and that parents play the key role in giving their children a good start in life and helping them to achieve their full potential.

Do you need help from us? Call 01224 693545 or email

Our support service is free and unique. We recruit and train volunteers – who are usually parents themselves – to visit local families in their own homes. As a Home-Start Aberdeen family you will be carefully matched with a volunteer whose skills and experience best fit your own situation and challenges. Your volunteer will offer informal, friendly and confidential support.

To receive support from Home-Start Aberdeen, you must be based within the city and have at least one child under five years old. Otherwise, there are no barriers to access.

Help in the home

The main form of support that we offer families takes the form of a weekly visit from a trained Home-Start Aberdeen volunteer.

Your Home-Start Aberdeen volunteer will:

  • Visit your family on a weekly basis
  • Provide friendship and practical support
  • Interact with your children
  • Assist with budgeting, nutrition and meal planning
  • Help you explore your community
  • Accompany you to appointments
  • Access information on other organisations for you, such as health and educational services.

Home-based family support

Could your family benefit from our home visiting service? If you have a child under five and are based in the city, you can self-refer here.

Group support

Home-Start Aberdeen runs a weekly family support group called ‘Rising Stars’ at the Boys’ Brigade Hall, Crimon Place, Aberdeen on Fridays from 10-11.30am.

Sessions normally run during term-time, following Aberdeen City Council's school calendar.

Home-Start Aberdeen family group

Who can go?

Any Home-Start parent and child/ren under five years old. You can continue to attend as long as the co-ordinators feel you need support or until your youngest child is five, whichever is soonest.

Who can attend?

The group is open to any of our Home-Start families who have an interest in attending. They should simply talk to their co-ordinator to find out if there is a place available.

What happens at the group?

Some weeks there will be parent only sessions with a crèche available. These sessions will focus on parenting, stress/relaxation, adult education and feature a variety of interesting speakers.

All the activities, talks etc. are chosen by the members of the group so topics should always be topical and relevant.

How much does it cost?

The group is free of charge to Home-Start families.

The group undertakes fundraising to help meet the cost of special events.

How to refer

Provided you are based in Aberdeen city and have at least one child under the age of five, you can refer your own family for support from Home-Start.

Health visitors, social workers and education professionals can refer families using the form here.

Families in need of support can also download, complete and return our self-referral form directly.

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