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The history of Barnardo's work with children starts in 1866. Today Barnardo's Scotland supports around 26,500 of the most vulnerable children through 122 community-based services.

Children are given help in their homes, in their schools and in their communities.

Matthew and Heather's stories show how Barnardo's Scotland helps thousands of vulnerable children turn their lives around.

Matthew's story

Eight year old Matthew (pictured above) has epilepsy and learning and behavioural difficulties since he contracted Meningitis aged two. He has short seizures every day, which can make him fall over and seem dazed.

Matthew now attends the Caern project in Edinburgh. He stays overnight once a week and really enjoys its activities.

Matthew has a fantastic time. We've got a photo of Caern at home and he says, 'I want to go and see the guys!' With the help Barnardo's Scotland is giving us, we're starting to rebuild our lives and we have the space to relax a bit. It's been a lifesaver for all of us - Christine, Matthew's mother.

Heather's story

At 16, Heather left care and moved into Barnardo's Scotland supported accommodation. Young people leaving care don't have the support of a loving family which most of us take for granted - from getting help in a crisis to borrowing a fiver.

I was able to move in gradually - it takes time to learn how to live on your own, like managing money, cooking, shopping and how to read electric meters.

The best thing was the support from Barnardo's Scotland staff who care about you. You knew they cared and were there night and day if you wanted them -Heather, is a young person supported by Barnardo's Scotland.

Barnardo's 16+, Lothian Supported Carer Scheme, Springboard and Threshold services help with accommodation, training, job seeking and practical life skills for young people leaving local authority care.

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