South Scotland MSP, Michelle Ballantyne, visited Aberlour Child Care Trust to discuss how the organisation provides support for children and young people.
Visiting the site in Dumfries, which opened on September last year, the Scottish Conservative welfare spokesperson toured the facilities and discussed the impact that early intervention can have in helping young people and vulnerable families.
In September last year, research commissioned by Aberlour Child Care Trust found that people from Scotland’s most deprived communities are three times more likely to die before they reach their 25th birthday. Michelle Ballantyne took part in Aberlour’s ‘A bad start shouldn’t mean a bad end’ campaign when it launched last year and has continued to support the scheme.
Since opening its doors in Dumfries five months ago, Aberlour Dumfries now hosts 140-200 patrons each week and provide support for families, as well as a community fridges, laundry facilities, a clothing bank and a community library.
Mrs. Ballantyne has previously expressed her support for early intervention and wrap-around care. Prior to becoming an MSP, Michelle started a charity in the Borders for young people and offenders with drug and alcohol addictions.
Michelle Ballantyne MSP commented:
“It was great to visit the Aberlour Child Care Trust’s new site in Dumfries to discuss the work they’re doing to help children and young people.
“Aberlour should be congratulated on their bold ambitions and for taking real action to tackle poverty and change the outcomes for young people in our most deprived communities.
“I’ve always believed that prevention is more effective than cure in helping families who’ve fallen on hardship. The wrap-around care that Aberlour provides in Dumfries and across Scotland should be commended as an excellent example of effective, community centred support for young people.”