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Featured charity: Home-Start Aberdeen

Inspired by the season of giving (but not just for Christmas) we are are going to be featuring and raising the profile of local charities from across Aberdeen City and Shire.

We’ll be featuring different charities each week on our social channels and website, helping to raise awareness of the diverse range of causes that so many charities are working so hard to support and how best individuals and organisations can support them right now.

This week we are featuring leading family support charity Home-Start Aberdeen.

Charity Name: Home-Start Aberdeen

What do they do and who do they support?

Being a parent has never been easy. It can be lonely, frustrating, heartbreaking and overwhelming.

Home-Start Aberdeen provide a support service where carefully selected and trained volunteers are there for families, visiting them in their own homes with compassionate, confidential help, backed by expert staff.

Volunteers support parents, with at least one child under the age of 5, as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.

What positive impact does the charity make?

Over 90% of parents see significant improvements in their own and their children’s emotional and physical health and wellbeing following Home-Start support.

“With the support of a Home-Start volunteer, I learned how to interact and play with my daughter put boundaries in place, and create a safe and secure home. I can’t thank you enough for listening and being there to help. I really appreciate it.”


How can you help Home-Start Aberdeen?

There are several ways you can support Home-Start Aberdeen from becoming a Home-Visiting volunteer, volunteering in its charity shop on George Street.

Home-Start Aberdeen urgently need volunteers to work in its shop in George Street.  An ideal volunteer is a people-person with great communication skills, and who is comfortable handling money.  Previous retail experience isn’t necessary as full training is provided.  There are various shifts available from Monday to Saturday.  All profits from the shop go to support Home-Start’s work with families with young children in Aberdeen.

You can find out more about volunteering with Home-Start Aberdeen here:


Make a donation to help families affected by social isolation, bereavement, relationship problems, illness, disability and financial hardship.

On average it costs Home-Start Aberdeen £1,500 to support a family through the challenges they face until they can cope again.


Do your own activity or event and raise money for Home-Start Aberdeen

As we head into 2022 maybe you’re looking for a challenge to set yourself or ways to make a difference?

It could be a run, a walk, a cycle a quiz night, clothes swap or nominating them as your work’s charity of the year.  Everything helps!

If you’re interested and looking for some more information please reach out and talk to Karen Smith at


How you can find out more?

To find out more visit the Home-Start Aberdeen website here

Read Jamie’s story here: My Story – Jamie – Home-Start Aberdeen