About The First Steps Programme

What is First Steps

The First Steps Programme aims to provide one to one intensive support to first time mums and their families in their own homes, enabling them to provide lifestyles for their families that are nurturing, healthy & stimulating.

First Steps was set up in 2009 and has since helped over 900 families across Lanarkshire. The programme is run by NHS Lanarkshire and receives funding from The Tacking Poverty Fund, Health Improvement (Lanarkshire) and the BIG Lottery Fund.

Specially trained First Steps workers work closely with midwives and health visitors to provide a range of services including

At home:

  • Preparation for birth
  • Emotional and practical support
  • Budgeting and money
  • Healthy cooking for all the family
  • Weaning your baby
  • Play@home

Outwith the home:

  • Accessing appointments and scans
  • Keeping active
  • Introductions to local groups and activities

First Steps to Smoke Free

First Steps to Smoke Free is a 3 year project funded by the Scottish Chief Scientist Office and is a collaboration involving the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh and NHS Lanarkshire. The project aims to provide mothers with personalised air quality measurements of second-hand smoke levels within their home and to determine if this information can encourage participants to make changes towards creating a smoke-free home. Recent work suggests that providing parents with information about air quality in their own home can help people to make these simple changes.


For more detailed updates regarding the progress of the First Steps programme please refer to our latest online newsletter which is available to download in PDF format.