In 1986, a steering group was formed, comprising interested professionals looking to provide volunteer befrienders/home visitors for isolated young families under stress in South Edinburgh.
Home Link was formally founded with one small scheme in the Oxgangs area of Edinburgh. It spreads to cover most of South West Edinburgh. We have one member of staff; a Coordinator
A second scheme begins in Gilmerton and eventually spreads to cover most of South East Edinburgh. We have three members of staff; a Project Leader & two Project Workers
1999 A third scheme begins in Dalkeith / Mayfield area of Midlothian. We now have five members of staff; a Manager, three Project Workers and an administrator.
2000 Development of an experimental scheme working with families from an ethnic minority in Newington, Edinburgh for one year.
2002 The organisation changes its name to Home Link Family Support to recognise the full range of services now delivered.
2006 Volunteer befriending service augmented by a few sessional workers to support more complicated cases.
2006 A 2 year pilot of Therapeutic Family Work begins in Midlothian
2008 25hr post created for Therapeutic Family Worker in Midlothian
2011 Home Link Family Support restructures to set itself up for the future challenges and opportunities.
2011 "Bank" of Sessional Art and Play Therapists is employed to work alongside the Systemic Practitioner
2012 Service Level Agreement secured in Midlothian for Befriending and Systemic Family Counselling Service until 2015
2014 Antenatal Befriending Project piloted in Edinburgh was launched to support families where the baby is at risk of being accommodated or looked after
2014 We relocated to Newington to be in one of our service areas
2014 Midlothian Volunteers joined the Big Bedtime Read test of change part of the Early Year Collaborative
2015 Young Parents Support Service started in Midlothian, we were shortlisted for the 2015 COSLA awards for our work with the Big Bedtime Read
2015 Appointed second Systemic Practitioner
2015 Awarded Midlothian Volunteering Team of the Year
2015 Awarded QIB Excellence for the second time
2015 Celebrated our 30th birthday with Angela's Party
2016 Awarded 5 year Big Lottery Funding
2016 Adele McGowan awarded Midlothian Volunteer of the year
2016 Big Lottery funding allows us to offer our sevices across the whole of Edinburgh
2016 Two Family Support Co-ordinators appointed to address needs in Edinburgh
2017 Nominated finalist for Charity Partnership in the Third Sector Awards