How to get the support you need.
Everyone needs a bit of help sometimes …
Many parents need help, friendship, advice, emotional or practical support during those early years when children are young.
There is no rulebook for raising a family and sometimes it can seem overwhelming, particularly if your family is going through difficult times.
We can give you the support you need when you need it and try to help make your day-to-day family life a bit brighter!
If you have at least one child under five and in certain circumstance up to eight years old and live in Argyll and Bute then we can help. We support parents just like you through our volunteers.
They are people who are parents themselves or who have parenting experience – so they know just what you are going through.
They will visit you in your own home, usually once a week for approximately 2-3 hours. You decide what you will do together.
Maybe you need someone to talk to who will not judge you; a shoulder to cry on or perhaps someone to play with or read to your children; maybe a bit of support to make or keep medical appointments or someone to introduce you to local activities for children. You decide.
If you are a parent who would like some help, our “How To Get Help” section will show you what to do next.
How We Can Help!
If you think Home-Start MAJIK could help your family why not find out more? You can either contact your doctor, midwife or health visitor or you can contact us directly. Or complete the referral form and post it to us.
You don’t have to pay for Home-Start MAJIK’S help ITS FREE and it’s also non-judgemental and confidential. Our volunteers will respect your privacy and never forget that you have invited them into your home.
You can contact us by email or phone the office.
We look forward to hearing from you. If you do decide to ask for support one of our coordinators, will get together with you, talk about your needs and carefully match you with an available volunteer.
Dee (Scheme Manager) email@example.com 07887 511 022
Sharon (Cowal & Bute) firstname.lastname@example.org 07435 595054
Kelly Coats (Kintyre) email@example.com 07917 285 154
If you are a health visitor, midwife, GP find a copy of the referral form here. If you are a local health education worker or a social work practitioner consider discussing a self-referral. Or contact us for more information.
Families in Argyll and Bute who have received our help have kindly given us these comments :
“When you think that things are going to be just too much, Home-Start share their MAJIK with you & help take away some of the burden”
“What an amazing service I cant recommend it enough”
“Home Star Majik makes a huge difference! There are sometimes when Thank You just isn’t enough”
“If you hadn’t have helped me I wouldn’t be in the happy place I am today”
“The follow up from the Coordinator was excellent”
“It was so valuable having someone who was flexible, who knew my family and was willing to offer me that support”
“What difference has Home-start made? They have allowed me to cope, they have given my children a better experience of life. They have changed the way we function as a family”
“The volunteers just keep coming each week even though sometime i felt like i did not deserve to have her back”
“Its so reassuring to have a volunteer and to know she is kind and honest”
“My volunteer is a great help -a real friend to the whole family”
“Its brilliant. They’ve have helped me so much.”
“I feel as if they respect me and that’s so reassuring”
“Having a volunteer really helps and makes a difference. Its going really well!”
“Its not just the volunteer, its the organisers as well. I felt so like a failure but they both just kept telling me its ok and its going to be ok”
“My volunteer is one of the two people in the world I would leave my children with”
“I felt I could face everything because she was coming to see me and I knew she would come -she was reliable”