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

Charity registered in Scotland SC004387

Charity registered in Scotland SC004387 Based in the heart of Leith, Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh has been offering support to families in the area since 1986…because childhood can’t wait. 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. Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh works with families in need of support who have at least one child under the age of five. We cover Leith, Craigentinny, Duddingston and Portobello, and Craigmillar.

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Family Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £25,661 – £27,201
  • Leith & North East Edinburgh
  • Closing 4th August 2021

Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh seeks a friendly, flexible and responsive person to join our small team to support families – because childhood can’t wait.

Since 1986 we have been supporting families with young children, working towards the goal that every family has the support they need, to give their children the best possible start in life, so they are able to take up and benefit from the opportunities available to them.

This role will help families to achieve the goals they establish at initial assessments and reviews through coordinated support, linking with our Volunteer Home Visiting model that is central to our work as well as liaising with other third sector, health, and education colleagues.

The ideal candidate will have:

- Excellent interpersonal skills and empathy;

- Experience of working or volunteering to support families, including the child protection and safeguarding systems;

- Good understanding of the needs of children and families;

- Passion for building community capacity; and,

- Flexibility to respond to changing needs of families.

Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh values work life balance and provides flexible work arrangements for their staff.

Please see the job description and person specification for further information. If you would like to discuss this position further, please contact Eliza Waye (Manager) via eliza@homestartleith.co.uk.

This vacancy has now closed


  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 3rd December 2021

We are looking for Trustees to join our Boards who really care about helping small thriving local charities do the best work possible with families in North East, West and South West Edinburgh.

You may apply to one or both Home-Start organisations.

As a Trustee you’ll serve on one of our governing bodies and help us direct the management and administration of the charity.

About Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh and Home-Start Edinburgh West & South West

These 2 Home-Starts are local community organisations of trained volunteers and expert support, helping families with young children through challenging times. Normally we visit families regularly at home, run groups and offer baby massage. Throughout COVID-19, we have continued to work with families, adapting our support to the current circumstances.

Experience Required

Essential : commitment, willing to make time available, vision, good judgement, creativity, able to speak out, understand trustee responsibilities, team-work.

Desirable: first hand or local experience of issues faced by families with young children, finance systems and budgets

Training Details

You will be introduced to Home-Start’s services and your responsibilities, receive safeguarding training, and have access to Home-Start’s intranet and the support of specialist staff

Flexibility & Commitment


Approximately 4-5 hours per month, to suit individual Trustees' circumstances

Location/Travel Details

Our offices are on Leith Walk (Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh) and Ferry Road (Home-Start West & South West Edinburgh). Because of Covid restrictions, Trustee Board meetings are being held online for the time being.


Claim form to be completed and authorised.

Accessibility Details

Happy to have a conversation about volunteer’s needs