Tuning up to give kids a good start

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A volunteer who works with a charity to help vulnerable families is performing in a concert in Bearsden to raise money for the cause.

Fiona Hamilton is a volunteer with Home-Start Glasgow North, which provides friendly peer-to-peer support to families with young children who are facing difficulties.

Fiona, who plays the viola, said: “We know how hard being a parent can be, particularly during the early years, and that any additional pressures can make things seem overwhelming.

“Volunteers, who have experience of parenting, visit families in their own homes to offer support, friendship and practical help.”

The families they help come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are looking for support for many different reasons.

These include postnatal illness, loneliness, isolation, domestic violence, relationship problems, cultural issues, poverty, disability, single parenthood and coping with multiple births or several young children.

Fiona added: “We also support a number of asylum seeking families who are experiencing difficulties particularly in relation to isolation and loneliness and the trauma of their situation.”

Fiona will be performing with The Fotheringay Chamber Orchestra at Bearsden Baptist Church on Sunday, November 15, at 6.30pm.

It also features well-known local tenor Joe McCrum, a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he studied voice with David Kelly.

The concert includes Handel and Mozart Arias, one of Haydn’s most popular symphonies ‘The Surprise’, and Elgar’s beautiful String Serenade.

Entry is by donation at the door, suggested £8 (£5 concession).

There will also be a stall with Christmas gifts and produce from Bearsden and Milngavie Fairtrade group and tea and coffee afterwards.