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 5yrs. 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 the 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.
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 are flexible in our approach to individual families and ensure the best and most relevant support is provided. 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. We have positive relationships with many other local organisations that also provide support for families. Through these valuable links, we can help families to gain an understanding of, and access to, the different types of support that are available to help them in their community:
- Doctor’s Surgeries
- Social work
- Local Schools and Playgroups
- Benefits & Financial advice
- Health and Wellbeing Networks
- Drugs and Alcohol Services
- Women’s Aid
- Rape Crisis
Through these partnerships Home-Start MAJIK keeps up to date with local developments and therefore are able to ensure the service we offer meets the needs of each local community.
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