We are a local independent charity that provides friendship, emotional and practical support to families who have at least one child under the age of 5 years old. Home-Start MAJIK believe that children need a happy and secure childhood and that parents and guardians play the key role in helping their children achieve their full potential. We work closely with other agencies and service providers in our area to ensure that all families in the ‘MAJIK’ area are supported by their community and know how and where to get help when in need. Links to other local organisations that you may need to contact can be found in our ‘Useful Links’ section.
What We Do
We select, train and support volunteers who:
- Visit families in their own homes
- Offer support, friendship and practical assistance
- Encourage the parents’ strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of the children
- Encourage families to widen their network of relationships and to use effectively the support and services available within the community.
Our volunteers are people from different backgrounds and of different ages, but all have parenting experience. Volunteers are carefully selected for their friendliness, practical approach and understanding.
Our values guide everything we do, from how we support our volunteers to the assistance we provide for families. We lead by example in everything we say and do and take a pro-active approach to our vision.We strive to be the best we can. We value:
Home-Start MAJIK began as Home-Start Kintyre in 1995 with the support from Campbeltown Area Development Group and the local Health Board. The inception of the charity was to be a preventative service to support families with very young children, and to help take up local services, thus preventing family breakdown. In 1998 the service was extended to Mid Argyll and shortly afterwards to the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha. In 2007 the provision in service was extended again to cover Cowal and the island of Bute.