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'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'


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



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'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'



About Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh

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 at home each week, supporting parents in situations as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or who are just finding parenting a struggle.

Volunteers visit families once a week for a couple of hours in their own homes. 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.

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

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, Administrator and a team of Volunteers.


If you have any questions or would like to find out more information about Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh or how you can become a volunteer or trustee
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Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh.  247 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8NY Tel: 0131 553 7819 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A Company Limited by Guarantee, Registration Number: 280853 and a Charity registered in Scotland, Number: SC004387
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