Pregnant Mother with FamilyParent

“Thanks to you I feel that there is always someone who cares, who believes that this difficult time will pass and (who) helps to get through it”

Mother and Baby with VolunteerParent

“Home-Start has helped me so much and has turned my life around”

Mother Talking to VolunteerCoordinator

“That’s what I love about Home-Start: our ability to follow through and help people one-to-one. It’s what makes us unique”


Support and Friendship for Families

Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh



What We Do


Welcome to Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh.


Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh (HSLNEE) provides a unique service for families –

  • supporting parents with young children at home,
  • and recruiting and training volunteers to provide this support


Additionally, as part of its on-going programme, HSLNEE runs regular parent and children groups and arranges social events for referred families.


Being a parent, whatever your age, background or other circumstances, isn’t always easy. This, coupled with other pressures in life such as illness, stress or financial worries can make parenting even more difficult and overwhelming.


Home-Start volunteers visit families once a week for a couple of hours in their own homes, supporting parents in situations as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or who are just finding parenting a struggle. They provide non-judgemental practical and emotional support and help build the family’s confidence and ability to cope.



All of our volunteers are trained over a 6 – 8 week period, are checked under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) legislation and have parenting experience. HSLNEE works with all families in need of support who have at least one child under the age of five.



Who We Are


Based in Leith since 1986, HSLNEE is a registered charity managed by a Board of Trustees and the registered office is 247, Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8NY.


The boundary that HSLNEE covers is the three Neighbourhood Partnership areas that form the East Sector of Edinburgh comprising of Leith, Craigentinny / Duddingston and Portobello / Craigmillar.


Our team is friendly, approachable and caring. It consists of a Manager, Senior Coordinator, Family Support Coordinator, Big Hopes Big Future Coordinator, Administrator and a team of Volunteers.


To help us provide this care to families in the local community, HSLNEE welcomes financial and in-kind donations, and the guidance and availability of prospective trustees for organisational development.




We’re currently looking for trustees


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