QUARRIERS, one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, marked the official opening of its improved Family Support Service in Dumfries last Thursday (21 July).
In partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council, Quarriers supports children, young people and families affected by disability across the whole region.
Quarriers Family Support Service in Dumfries provides help to families affected by disability in two different ways: short breaks provided by Quarriers Short Break Carers; and family support providing help to parents, children and young people at home or in their local communities.
The service currently supports around 100 families across the region and is a much-appreciated resource with a high demand for its services.
Among those at the opening were local MSP Finlay Carson, Karen Ward Boyd, director of the Holywood Trust, and Quarriers chief executive, Alice Harper.
The service has received funding from the Holywood Trust which will help kit out the activity room, installing a cooker in the kitchen to teach cookery skills to older children and young adults. The funding will also be used to purchase additional resources chosen by the children and groups using the space.
Marking the official opening were six year old Lewis, along with service users Cerys aged eight and seven year-old Larsson. They helped cut the cake, declaring the Dumfries development open.
Speaking at the opening, Alice Harper, chief executive of Quarriers, said: “It’s so exciting to be expanding our Dumfries and Galloway service.
“The work carried out by our staff makes a real difference to peoples’ lives across the region. Having bigger premises, will ensure we can support more children and young people who need our help. We would like to thank everyone who came along to make the official opening so special.”
Jan Hiddleston, service coordinator at Quarriers Family Support Service, Dumfries & Galloway, said: “We want to spread the word of what we’re doing at the service and ask anyone interested in becoming a short break foster carer or family support worker to get in touch.
“If you’re a friendly, caring, patient and enthusiastic person living in the Dumfries and Galloway area then we want to hear from you.
“Equally, if you are looking for support from Quarriers for your child, we ask you to get in contact with us, or your child’s social worker, and we can start the conversation to see what kind, and level, of help will make the biggest difference to you and your family.”
Quarriers encourages those looking for support, or those keen to make a difference to the lives of children with disabilities and their families, to get in touch.
Please contact the service on:
Quarriers Family Support Service
161 Brooms Road
Telephone: 01387 249888
Pictured: Jan Hiddleston (right) – services coordinator at the centre – and Quarriers chief executive, Alice Harper (second right), cut the cake to open the centre with (L to R) Lewis aged six, Cerys aged eight and Larsson aged seven. Cerys and Larsson both use the service.
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