Our History

Our History

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