Home-Start Lorn’s Latest Projects
Big Hopes Big Future
Home-Start Lorn has always provided support to families with a child under 5 years of age, but in recent years the focus has very much been on children under 3 years old.
One of our latest projects, Big Hopes Big Futures (BHBF), will be a bit different – our BHBF volunteers will work with families with a child aged about 4 years old in their pre-school year for a period of 3-4 months
Big Hopes Big Future trains Home-Start’s volunteers to use original, specially produced materials for working directly with the young children and parents in the families they are supporting. They help develop reading, mark making (early writing skills), numeracy, and understanding of the routines.
We all know that early development and education can make a big difference to the lifetime opportunities for our young people and Big Hopes Big Futures will help reduce the disadvantages faced by some children.
Thanks to the benefit of a grant from the Health & Well being Network, we have been able to introduce a new pilot scheme to offer Sleep Counselling.
Our Scheme Manager, Aileen Binner, completed Sleep Scotland’s ‘Sleep Counsellor’s’ training and we are now able to provide sleep counselling to families with a child up to the age of 8 years. Unlike our usual Home-Start support the service is provided by Aileen, who is a paid member of staff and not a volunteer. The service is funded until December 2018 and we are hopeful that we can access funding to extend the scheme beyond this period.
Aileen has also been trained to deliver Sleep Scotland’s ‘Parent Sleep Awareness Workshop’
Sleep Counselling is provided to individual families over a 6 week period and ‘Parent Sleep Awareness Workshop’ can be delivered to a group of 4-12 parents on an evening or afternoon.
Please contact us if you would like to know more about either of these projects
We recently had a visit from Brendan O’Hara MP. Brendan knew a lot about the work of Home-Start and he was very interested to hear the personal stories from one of our families and a volunteer.
On 21st January, the Waterfront Fishouse Restaurant, Oban again hosted our Annual Burns Supper. A great night was enjoyed by all who attended, and the grand sum of £1,111 was raised for the ongoing work of Home-Start Lorn.
Angela (Gela) Rose with Kirstie Allsopp & Alastair Stewart, OBE, after receiving her award for longest serving volunteer (Scotland) at the Home-Start National Convention 21st March 2016