'Selling Hope Not Dope': Amy champions charity supporting young people impacted by substance misuse
AMY CALLAGHAN MP HIGHLIGHTS WORK OF EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE CHARITY DURING VISIT
East Dunbartonshire MP, Amy Callaghan, has celebrated the ‘tremendous work’ of We Are With You, a local charity that supports young people impacted by substance abuse.
During a visit to the charity’s base in Kirkintilloch, Ms Callaghan met with Christine McCauley, Development Manager for the group, as well as key workers Aaron and Hannah. The local MP said she was “really impressed by the support provided to young people”, and she wants to get the message out there that help is available for any young person directly or indirectly impacted by substance misuse.
We Are With You provides tailored counselling and mental health services to the young people they serve, working with them to achieve the goals they set. The charity relies on individual grant funding and recently received a substantial grant from the National Lottery to support its work locally.
The Scottish Government has made tackling substance misuse a national mission, with partnership working with charities such as We Are With You a key part of the approach being rolled out.
Commenting, Amy Callaghan MP said:
“It was really inspiring to meet with Christine, Aaron and Hannah to hear about the tremendous work they are doing locally to support young people affected by substance misuse.
“We know that this kind of support is most effective when it is targeted at the whole family, and that’s precisely the approach of We Are With You. That support then empowers families to move forward and make positive choices for themselves.
“Clearly substance misuse is a serious problem in Scotland that can have a long-lasting impact on young people. That’s why it’s so important we have charities like We Are With You which, as Aaron put it to me, ‘Sell Hope Not Dope’.
“If you are a young person or a family impacted by substance misuse, then you can get support by contacting the local We Are With You branch in Kirkintilloch.”