What matters to me ?

The support form the Start family workers use an approach developed by the NHS called ‘What matter to me’ to build engagement and partnership with the families that are referred to them by local services. approach https://www.whatmatterstoyou.scot/why-is-it-important-to-ask-what-matters/

The family workers have asked parent what mattered to them in their contact with the service – the following are their responses

Family Work Matters

Over the last year to 18 months Support from the Start has had the great opportunity to test out an approach to reducing the attainment gap that puts relationships with, and engagement of, parents front and centre to the approach. We have developed with the support of five of the six East Lothian Local Area partnership family worker posts that are managed in partnership with voluntary sector organisations. The poster below gives an overview of the work and further posts will focus on the individual monitoring reports for the posts.

Family work matters

Making a difference








Over the next few weeks we will be posting  evidence posters on Support  from the Starts impact in our community.

Click on the image above or the link below to view the poster on initiatives aimed at tackling lack of access to resources caused by poverty

All comments and feedback  welcome

If you would like an impact poster on work you have done through or in partnership with SFTS please contact steven.wray@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

poverty a3 poster



Support from the Start / First Thousand and One Days Family Worker (for Musselburgh)


Support from the Start / First Thousand and One Days Family Worker (for Musselburgh)

Salary – £25,549

Location – based at Musselburgh Primary Care centre

Hours – 35 hours – Flexibility will be required

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and families?

We are seeking to appoint a Family Worker who will be dedicated to help children and families from conception until age 2 in the communities of Musselburgh to get the best start in life. Continue reading “Support from the Start / First Thousand and One Days Family Worker (for Musselburgh)”

Bookbug For The Home – Executive Summary

scottish-book-trustAttached here you will find an electronic version of the Bookbug Outreach evaluation summary and you can read the updated evaluation pages online. These not only contain the summary, infographics and full year four report but also some fantastic case studies on the different ways Bookbug can be utilised in the community.

Scottish Book Trust delivers other programmes alongside Bookbug. For more information on how they change lives through reading and writing, please see the annual report for 2015/16.

Parenting Group for Parents of Children Aged 4-10

Improve family relationships and manage children’s difficult behaviour.

The groups consist of weekly 2 hour sessions over 6/ 12 weeks during the school term. For more information see the poster below.

Parent Group Poster

You can refer yourself by calling 01875824309 or any professional who is involved with you (school, G.P., social work, health visitor etc) can refer you to the group.

Attached here is a Referral Form for Parent Group.