Home Link Family Support – Services
The core element of the service is a volunteer service which provides support for the whole family and is based in the family’s home in Edinburgh and Midlothian.
Other services include:
- Volunteer Early Years Family Support Service
- Family Volunteer Service
- Systemic Family Counselling and Systemic Family Support Worker
- Young Parents Support Service
- Early Years Family Practitioner (Mayfield Nursery)
- Family Opportunities Worker
Volunteering Early Years Family Support Service
Home Link volunteers attend 4 weeks of in-house training before they are carefully matched with a suitable family to offer emotional and practical support in the family’s own home. They then visit the family for 2 hours every week for up to one year.
Family Volunteer Service
Families in Edinburgh or Midlothian with a child under 5 years of age can receive support from home Link coordinators or family volunteers. The process begins with an initial visit from one of our coordinators to explain a bit more about the services we offer and ask about the kind of support the family wishes to receive. If matched with a family, volunteer there will be regular meetings with the coordinator to ensure the family and volunteer is happy with the match and how things are progressing. A family volunteer will usually visit the family once a week for a couple of hours, for up to 6 months to 1 year.
Systemic Family Counselling
Systemic Family Counselling (SFC) is designed for families to share their problems and communicate effectively. SFC is a form of therapy for the whole family. It helps to strengthen relationships, shows patterns of behaviour and dynamics between family members. The Systemic Practitioner visits a family and ensures everyone is given a chance to speak.
This service is for families with a child under 5 years of age.
Young Parents Support Service
The Young Parent’s Support Service is available for parents under 25, who have a child aged 3 or under. The families will receive regular support from a Family Support Coordinator for up to 18 months. Support will focus on the family’s needs and can include emotional and practical support, reassurance, encouragement and help to engage with other services and groups.
Early Years Family Practitioner
This service offers confidential, home-visiting family support in the home and at group activities. The Family Learning Practitioner promotes family wellbeing through individual support-plans, tailored to each families individual needs and provides family learning opportunities. Some examples of the types of support are; establishing and maintaining routines, practical and emotional support, opportunities to discuss parenting, toilet training support and information.
Family Opportunities Worker
The Families Opportunities Worker’s role is to provide the household with knowledge, information, motivation and support to access local resources and specialist advice agencies. Home Link aims to enable all household members to take positive steps to improve their situation. In particular, we want to ensure young children are being brought up in an environment where they can thrive. This service will be offered to households for a 6-12 month period following which, if required, a second tier of support can be offered by family volunteers.
The ‘Stay and Play’ group in Midlothian takes place at the Newbattle Community Learning Centre for Home Link Families who have either self-referred or been referred to us through another organisation. This group runs during term-time.
How To Get In Touch
Intended Client Groups:
Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:
Parents in Midlothian. Befriending support open to families with children aged 3 and under; therapeutic family support for families with children aged up to 18.
This service accepts direct self referrals.
Contact Info. & Provider's Address
Home Link Family Support
1 Dalkeith Road Mews
Provider's Name: Home Link Family Support
Home Link Family Support supports families with children under five years of age who are under stress or experiencing challenges in their lives. The core element of the service is a volunteer service which provides support for the whole family and is based in the family’s home in Edinburgh and Midlothian.