Support and friendship for families, because childhood can't wait

Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh

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


We work with you to build on your strengths and give you the support you tell us you need.

Volunteers who know about being a parent, support other parents by visiting them at home.

No matter what the size, your donation will make a difference to families we assist!

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What we do

Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh……..

  • Support parents with young children at home
  • Recruit and train 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.


Nationwide, Home-Start support 27,000 families each year


13,500 trained volunteers throughout the UK

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.

Our volunteers are trained to a high standard, checked under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) legislation and understand the needs of families.  HSLNEE works with all families in need of support who have at least one child under the age of five.

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.

Background information


The earliest years make the biggest impact, make sure those years count


Starting in the home, our approach is as individual as the people we help


We give compassionate, confidential help and expert support


Sharing local expertise can drive local, regional and national change

“Walking into your office that day was one of the best things I’ve ever done, as the support we’ve had has been invaluable!”

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Quality Assurance

Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh are proud to have received
a Certificate of Quality Assurance from Home-Start UK.