An Aberdeen charity has been given funding to train five new volunteers to support parents with young children.
It's an organisation which provides help to hundreds of families in Aberdeen every year.
Home-Start Aberdeen, which has played an important role in supporting parents and children in Aberdeen for more than 30 years, are celebrating gaining £100,000 of funding.
The number of very young children being taken to north-east A&E departments after swallowing dangerous substances has almost doubled in the space of one year.
A charity set up to help vulnerable people in the city has called for new volunteers to help families in desperate need of support.
A north-east charity is looking for donations for a children's book advent.
Organisations throughout the country recently marked the 30th anniversary of Volunteers Week, an annual celebration of the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. Nowhere is that contribution more keenly felt than at Home-Start Aberdeen, a city-based charity that provides vulnerable families with emotional and practical support in the home. In the past year alone, its 100 volunteers have provided over 200 local families with approximately 17,500 hours of support. Volunteers are at the heart of the service that Home-Start Aberdeen delivers. Families in need of help, who may be dealing with issues of isolation, ill health, disability or other challenges, are referred to the charity, mainly via community health professionals. These referred families are then carefully matched with a trained Home-Start Aberdeen volunteer, who visits them weekly. “Without our volunteers, Home-Start Aberdeen simply would not exist,” said Georgette Cobban, scheme manager, Home-Start Aberdeen.