Family Support

As a parent we want the best for our children.  Bringing up children is rewarding but sometimes it can be challenging and we need help, support and advice.

The Early Years Family Support Services provides a range of services which can help parents/carers with challenges in their home circumstances, health or with child developmental issues.  The range of help available includes:

  • Parenting Sessions – covering a range of topics including behaviour issues; child development; child health; healthy eating; setting routines and boundaries.
  • Practical support within the home.
  • Buddy service to help you get out and about and meet new people.
  • Respite childcare.
  • Funding for transport costs to allow you to access services.
  • Supporting parents in their aspirations towards employment/further education.
  • Enabling parents to access resources within the community.

For further details and information on who to contact see our Family Support Booklet (1.1MB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Advocacy Western Isles

Advocacy Western Isles (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) provides an independent and confidential service throughout the Western Isles.

Action for Children

Action for Children (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) supports and speaks out for the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK.

Citizen’s Advice Scotland

Citizens Advice Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) Provides free, confidential, independent and impartial advice.

Child Maintenance Service

The Child Maintenance Service (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) role is to make sure that parents who live apart from their children contribute financially to their upkeep by paying child maintenance.

Junior Individual Savings Accounts

Junior Individual Savings Accounts (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) (ISA) are long-term, tax-free savings accounts for children.


DirectGov (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) : Public services all in one place.


Netmums (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) is an online parenting organisation aimed at helping mums cope with and enjoy being a mum.