£300k boost for group that supports separated families

An organisation that provides vital support to children from broken homes has been boosted by a £300,000 lottery grant.

The Avenue Group provide sessions in Elgin, Peterhead and Aberdeen for families that help them to keep in touch after divorce or separation.

With 80 years experience of working with children and families the group works with everyone from children to grandparents through times of change, difficulties and conflict.

Through their child contact centres they help parents who no longer live together to keep in touch with their children and make arrangements for continued contact.

The group works with families who have volunteered to take part in guidance sessions where trained volunteers facilitate positive interaction between children and adults. It also works with the court system where supervised contact has been ordered.

Avenue Group chief executive, Elizabeth Wallace, said: “Our 80 years experience of working with children and families tell us that children who are able to sustain a loving, stable relationship with both parents are happier, healthier and better adjusted.

“Some separated parents find it difficult to share their children’s time and, in some cases, it is just too hard for parents to see each other after separation. For these parents a child contact centre is a lifeline.”

Further information on the Avenue Group can be found on their website or by calling the Elgin contact centre on 01343 540801 or by email to elgin@avenue-info.com.

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