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MSPs and Provost take part in children’s charity open day

Release Date: 21/08/2012

Celebrating good work in Perth & Kinross

A host of community members, MSPs and council staff visited Barnardo’s Hopscotch Perth & Kinross and Hopscotch Mentoring services on 21 August to meet staff, volunteers and service users.

They spoke with staff about the support the charity offers to children and young people who use the services in the local area.

Hopscotch Perth & Kinross provides individual therapeutic work, counselling, groupwork, befriending and mentoring for children and young people affected by parental alcohol and/or substance misuse.

The aim of the service is to reduce the impact of parental substance misuse on children and young people and therefore, help improve their mental health and wellbeing. Hopscotch works in partnership with the Perth and Kinross council and supporting organisations.

The MSPs, Provost and councillors learned first-hand about the issues and complexities facing children young people living in a family where alcohol and/or substance misuse is prevalent.

In addition to the core work Hopscotch’s new mentoring service aims to increase educational attainment for young people; increase personal and social development; increase young people’s resilience, develop links with supportive role models and link young people to other aspects of support within Hopscotch and in their local community.

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