Social care charity helps almost 900 children and their families enjoy lasting summer memories
QUARRIERS, one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, treated children and families from its Family Centre in Ruchazie to a day of seaside fun at Prestwick beach.
The outing was the latest in a jam-packed summer of terrific trips organised by the charity ranging from roller discos and trampoline parks, to picnics on the beach.
Thanks to Quarriers and the donations pledged from generous individuals, almost 900 vulnerable children have been given the chance to enjoy happy summer memories.
Quarriers’ 2015 Summer Appeal was launched in May with the aim of giving as many children as possible positive experiences and memories to last a lifetime.
Those who have benefitted from the campaign have included young carers, children living in poverty, young people who require residential support and youngsters with disabilities.
A number of Quarriers’ services across Scotland are enjoying the Appeal this summer including those in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Ayrshire, Falkirk, Dumfries and Galloway, Aberdeenshire and Moray.
Fiona Nicolson, head of Children and Young People Services, Quarriers, said: “These trips are a highlight not only for the children but also for the staff at Quarriers themselves. It’s fantastic to see so many smiling faces in one place!
“Being able to take young people on these excursions really is brilliant. Without the generous contributions made, children and families supported by Quarriers wouldn’t have the opportunity to create these lasting memories as even a simple trip to the beach can be beyond their means.
“What’s more important than fun-filled outings in your holidays? The children go back to school with great stories to tell their friends and memories to reminisce on when the darker nights draw in.
“This year, we’ve reached a real milestone with Quarriers giving its largest ever number of children and families a day away.
“We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated and made this possible, we couldn’t have done this without you and your generous contributions.”
As well as days out, Quarriers offers young people long-term guidance and support, helping to transform their lives. The charity provides mentoring and life coaching, support groups, activities and befriending services.
This helps children to build their confidence, keep up their education, and make friends who understand what they are going through, paving the way for a better future.
- Four year-olds, Mervyn Buraimoh and Carson Gibson, and six year-old Michelle Buraimoh enjoy a 99 cone on the beach. Picture by Christian Cooksey
Quarriers is one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, providing practical care and support for thousands of vulnerable children, adults and families who face extremely challenging circumstances.
Quarriers runs over 100 services across Scotland, and is expanding its work in England, with services in Bath, Swindon, Cheshire and South Shields.
Quarriers’ services support adults and children with disabilities, young people facing homelessness, families facing poverty, unpaid carers and people affected by epilepsy.
For more information, visit www.quarriers.org.uk/summerappeal
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