Home Start

Whether it be a unique clothing item, a new game, a toy or a buggy. Home-Start in the High Street is where to get it all. 

Home-Start is a local community of volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. We are there for parents when they need us the most because childhood can’t wait. 

Last year Home-Start supported 56,000 children in 27,000 families, in communities across the UK. Home-Start has been in Clacks for around thirty years in total, but the shop has been in Alloa for around three years. Two of those in its current location in the High Street as after being in Shillinghill, it needed to be moved to a bigger shop to accommodate all the items it had as it grew in popularity. 

The staff even mentioned the shop has regular customers, who are looking to see what great offers they have every week. 

What’s the history behind Home-Start?

Home-Start all started in 1973. They were founded by Margaret Harrison who believed that supporting a family was best done in their home where it can be shaped to the needs of the family. She realised that if parents get support and friendship from another parent, they will be better equipped to learn to cope with the many difficulties life can bring and will be able to give their children the best possible start to their own lives.

This idea that started in Leicester, spread across the UK and is now a movement around the world. There are now 22 countries on five continents that have Home-Starts providing support for families.

Margaret remained life president of Home-Start until her death in 2015.

They are currently open from Tuesday to Friday from 10 am until 4 pm. Pop in to see what bespoke items you can find. Or better yet, check out the toys they have available on our Alloa First shop! 

You have to be fast as they are one-of-a-kind items that won’t be sold again.

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