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Mary and her pirate plate

Brilliant Fun Crafting Day

23.04.2015 - 17:03

We had a brilliant day sharing crafting skills with our volunteer befrienders.  It was a creative avalanche of glue, paint, playdough, sring and bubbles.

The volunteers were fascinated by how easy it was to use cheap household things for arty activity.  They also learned how things like messy play and scissor skills are vital to children's development.  Now they will be able to take these skills to the families they visit and encourage them to have a ball and develop their children's motor skills at the same time.



Homelink Family Support team at the Cosla Awards

Silver COSLA Award for Big Bed Time Read

02.04.2015 - 13:16

We're very proud to share a Silver COSLA award for our work on the Big Bed Time Read along with Midlothian's Early Years Collaborative, Midlothian Teachers and the mums and children who made it happen.

An innovative project to encourage Midlothian parents to read bedtime stories to their children has won a silver award in a national celebration of public sector excellence.

The Big Bedtime Read won the accolade in the Tackling Inequalities and Improving Health category of the COSLA Excellence Awards.

The winners were announced at a special ceremony in Crieff on 12 March.

Councillor Bob Constable, the cabinet member for education in Midlothian, said: “The Big Bedtime Read is a truly inspiring scheme and its win is well-deserved. For example, in just one of our schools taking part, parents have read 150 books to their children in the past year.

“Results include improved children’s speech and language, established bedtime routines, better concentration and behaviour and improved attachment and bonding between parent and child.

“Parents have also reported improvements in their own reading, confidence, wellbeing and self-esteem as they witness how their actions are making a positive difference for their child and for themselves.”

Watch this lovely video, and the parents will tell you all about it


New Service for Young Parents in Midlothian

22.01.2015 - 12:49

Help for young Parents in Midlothian

Parenting can be a tough job. The baby is gorgeous, but a day without adult company can feel never ending, especially for young parents. But there is a local solution.  Award Winning Home Link Family Support volunteers have been visiting families in Midlothian since 1999 and now we have a new service specially tailored to parents under 25 whose child is under 3.

The Midlothian Young Parent’s Support Service lead by Rachel Campbell, will provide a fully trained volunteer to visit the young Midlothian family in their own home, to offer emotional and practical support.  The volunteers will be encouraging, non-judgemental and reassuring to parents who may be experiencing social isolation with little or no wider family support or perhaps finding it difficult to manage.

Young parents can discuss having a volunteer with their Health Visitor and any professional or they can refer themselves through Home Link Family Support’s website.

We have a lot of experienced volunteers but now we are expanding we'll need new volunteers with some experience of parenting, childcare, nursing or caring who are looking for a challenging yet very rewarding volunteer befriending opportunity.  Volunteers are always well trained, police checked and fully supported by professional staff.

There are two ways to support a family in Midlothian; you could become an Early Years Befriender and work with a family that has children under 5.  Or you could join the Young Parents Support Service which is a little more intensive and requires some experience of parenting or child care.  You just need to be able to commit to 2-3 hours a week over 12- 18 months.

Do you want to volunteer to support our young parents? Please contact Jane Ellis on 0131 661 0890 or email

Are you a young parent or do you know a young parent who would like to talk about having support?  Call Rachel Campbell  0131 661 0890  email;