Praise for group supporting families

MP Michael Connarty has praised a charity’s work to help troubled families.

Children 1st run the Falkirk Family Group Conference Service from premises in the town’s Melville Street, with funding support from Falkirk Council.

The service brings families together, helping them deal with concerns about children, and helping them find solutions to their own difficulties.

The Bo’ness MP said he was very impressed by the services on offer. He said: “The service provides a process in which family members can work with professional support – who are independent of the statutory agencies – to work out an agreed plan which will deal with the problems in a child’s life and allow them to stay in or return to their family home.

“The fact that 99 per cent of children and families successfully carry out the plan and the child and family stay together is a sign of the success of the service.

“It puts the child at the centre of the service and the family and avoids the major traumas and high costs of family break–ups.”

Children 1st receives some of its funding from the Postcode Lottery, which recently unveiled a series of big winners in the Bo’ness area.

Mr Connarty said: “It is great that the Scottish Postcode Lottery not only produces local winners in the postcode lottery, but also makes families and children winners through this service.”

During a visit to the Falkirk office, Mr Connarty met the local administrator Marie Donald and had a lengthy discussion about the Family Group Conference service with Lorraine McKillop, the Service Manager for Children 1st.

To contact the Family Group Conference Service call 01324 621811 or email:

The base is at 16 Melville Street, Falkirk, FK1 1HZ.


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