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Home Start MAJIK

17 December 2013

Home Start MAJIK is a local independent charity that offers friendship, advice, emotional and practical support to families who live in Argyll and Bute, that have at least one child under five.

Home Start MAJIK believes that children need a happy and secure childhood in order to flourish and fulfil their potential, and recognises that parents play a fundamental role in providing this good start in life.

For many parents, however, day to day family life can often be overwhelming and sometimes it can feel like a struggle just to survive. Home Start MAJIK works with parents to help build their confidence and offers practical guidance and emotional support. This could be anything from chatting over a cup of tea to showing parents how to make soup, which could provide a family with a healthy meal.

The charity recruits and trains local volunteers who are parents themselves, to provide home visits. Volunteers are carefully matched to families and visit them weekly at home for two to three hours.

They offer one to one support sessions for mum or dad – just having a shoulder to cry on can make all the difference to a parent going through a difficult time. They play games or read to the children, help families to keep appointments or perhaps suggest local activities that the whole family might enjoy.

Home Start MAJIK is a vibrant volunteer led organisation that makes a real difference to children and families in the community. Its inclusive, confidential supportive and non-judgemental approach makes it a much appreciated free community resource, particularly because of the rural locations it serves.

“If it wasn’t for Home Start I wouldn’t be here today”
Tracy Brogan, proud mum of three.

Indeed, Home Start MAJIK covers a significant geographical spread including Mid-Argyll, Jura, Islay, Kintyre, Cowal and Bute. Whilst the communities are situated in some of the most beautiful parts of our country, their remoteness often means families feel isolated. As a result, the support Home Start MAJIK provides is so important in helping parents and families feel more connected to the community. One parent who has benefited from the charity’s support said, “when you think that things are going to be too much, Home Start share their MAJIK with you and help take away some of the burden.”

For many years, Home Start MAJIK volunteers have supported teams on the Caledonian Challenge. This year they provided brilliant encouragement to help our walkers reach the Finish line at Strathfillan and received a grant of £1000 for their endeavour. 

Dee Hancock, Senior Co-ordinator at Home Start MAJIK said, “Volunteering at the Caledonian Challenge is a privilege and a bonus for Home Start MAJIK in two ways at least:

The families we support locally benefit enormously from the funding we receive as a result of volunteering to marshal at the event , our volunteers have a fabulous time team building whilst supporting the walkers completing the challenge.

“Being involved in this event for many years has been both humbling and brilliant at the same time. We’re very proud and passionate to be involved and hope to be for many more happy and prosperous years to come.”

Home Start MAJIK also received a £5000 grant from the Women’s Fund for Scotland which celebrated its relaunch in November 2013. The funding helped towards the costs of employing a part time coordinator to recruit and train volunteers, helping the charity to reach an additional sixteen women and thirty two children. 

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