Minister praises Barnardo’s Capital service

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BARNARDO’S Scotland is to celebrate the five-year anniversary of a “vital” Capital respite service with the help of Scottish health minister Michael Matheson.

Caern House helps children and young people with physical and learning disabilities, autism or complex care needs to grow and develop, while also relieving the pressure on parents.

It was established in the 1990s, but in 2007, the Care & Hope Appeal was launched and £1 million was raised by the local community to build new, bespoke facilities and sensory play areas. Mr Matheson will receive a guided tour of Caern House which 1,631 overnight stays for 71 young people in 2011. He said: “The service provided at Caern House is vitally important.

“It gives these young people a chance to socialise and spend time with other children, and provides a welcome break for them and their families.”

Caern is a residential centre with state-of-the-art amenities that supports children with moderate to severe learning and development disabilities and befriending within the community, as well as supporting families with day care, short breaks and overnight stays within a residential and community setting.