Merry Christmas Folks and All the Best for 2019

From all of the Team at Home-Start MAJIK we wish you Peace, Love and Joy over the festive period. We will be on Annual Leave from 21st December until the 7th of January and would like to share the contact details of some organisations who offer help in an emergency. We hope you won’t need them but if you do here they are….

Samaritans – 116 123
Parent Line – 08000 28 22 33
Foodbank Cowal: Closed until 12/01/2019 but emergency referrals can go through your local Social Work office.
Foodbank Bute: On Annual leave into the New Year but an emergency contact can be made via the Bute Oasis Facebook Page

2018 has been another very busy year for us and we look forward to sharing our stories with you all in the New Year.

About Us

Our name, MAJIK, comes from the area we serve: Mid-Argyll, Jura, Islay, Kintyre, Cowal and Bute.

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

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:

  • Leadership
  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • Partnerships


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.