A charity which provides fun days out for vulnerable children in Glasgow has been gifted a minibus from Children’s Aid.
Quarriers received the kind donation for its Opt-In service, which seeks to transform the lives of vulnerable children in the city through the provision of social and emotional support, helping them to build the skills required to engage in school life and realise their potential.
Transport is essential for the running of the programme which involves a range of activities that take place after school and during the holidays. The activities are tailored to suit the needs of children and to date have included craft tasks at Pollok Park and cycling trips in Loch Lomond, whilst younger children have enjoyed nature trails and museum visits.
The provision of the new minibus will enable 460 children to enjoy days out in the first year alone, providing them with the opportunity to make friends, learn new skills and grow in confidence.
The service works across six secondary schools, 30 primary schools and 16 nurseries, helping over 1000 children in Glasgow each year. Those who require support are referred by key workers or teachers and take part in programmes that develop their ability to cope with their feelings and to relate more easily to friends and teachers. It also works with parents and carers to highlight better ways to support their child’s learning and development.
Andy Williamson, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Quarriers said: “By donating a minibus to replace our old one, Children’s Aid is safeguarding the future of our outings which often represent the first opportunity many children have had to venture outside of Glasgow. We are incredibly grateful to everyone at Children’s Aid for making this possible.
“Our group activities are vital to the programme as they bring the children we support together to enjoy experiences they would not have otherwise, broadening their horizons. Our outings provide informal opportunities to address issues such as health and wellbeing, coping with bereavement, friendships and bullying, and drug and alcohol awareness.
“Children are encouraged to work in teams to tackle tasks, helping them to build skills such as resilience, problem-solving and learning to compromise. All activities are fun and sociable, helping to create lasting friendships.”
Children’s Aid Joint Chairman, David Jaffe and Trustee, Tom Cromar visited Quarriers’ Opt-In Service in Govan to hand over the keys to the minibus and meet children, young people and parents who are supported by the service.
Commenting, Tom Cromar, Children’s Aid Trustee said: “Children’s Aid Scotland have been keen supporters of the vital work and services that Quarriers provide over many years and are delighted again to be donating this minibus to Quarriers to assist with the very important work the Opt-In service undertakes.”
For more information about Quarriers and the services, it provides please visit www.quarriers.org.uk