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Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has praised the work of West Dunbartonshire Kinship Carers as the group officially opened the doors of their new community support centre in Clydebank.

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons commending the group on 12 years of supporting kinship carers in his constituency.

During a visit to the newly opened centre at Clydebank’s Erskine House, MP Martin met with families and presented a copy of the EDM to Micheleine Kane, Chair of WD Kinship Carers.

The new space will be used to provide support for children’s mental health and anxiety coaching, while also offering kinship carers a place to be listened to and supported in a welcoming environment.

The centre’s opening coincided with the start of Scottish Kinship Care Week, which celebrates the role of extended family or friends who care for children when they cannot remain with their birth parents.

Commenting, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:

“I was delighted to visit West Dunbartonshire Kinship Care’s new facility to mark Kinship Care Week, and commend the group on their important work supporting kinship carers in my constituency.

“It was a privilege to meet with some of the amazing families WD Kinship Care have helped over the past 12 years. In providing secure and loving homes for young people, kinship care families play a hugely valuable role in our communities which is often unacknowledged.

“The new local support centre will undoubtedly make a significant difference to children’s mental health and the wellbeing of kinship carers, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have across West Dunbartonshire.”

The text of Martin’s Early Day Motion to Parliament is available here.

Photo: Martin meeting with families at new WD Kinship Care centre in Clydebank.
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