Children 1st

This season the Foundation has chosen to work with Children 1st as our National Charity Partner to help families across the country get support through Parentline. Every family needs a little extra support from time to time and some face challenges so severe that it can affect their children’s happiness, health and safety.

Early help can make all the difference to a child’s life. That’s why the charity’s Parentline service wants to make sure every family in Scotland can get support from their home at the touch of a button.

We want our supporters to help make sure every family in the country knows about Parentline. We also aim to raise £20,000 thanks to the generosity and commitment of our supporters to help every family get support – when, where and however they need it.

Our donation will fund 40 additional Parentline volunteers to get the in-depth training they need to help children and will make sure the service remains free, so that more families in Scotland get support.

Welcoming the partnership, Mary Glasgow, Chief Executive of Children 1st said: “We are delighted that Rangers Charity Foundation have chosen to support families across Scotland through our Parentline service.

"Every family has their ups and downs and we all need a bit of support sometimes. And for some families Parentline is ‘a lifeline.’ Getting early help can make all the difference and thanks to the Rangers Charity Foundation more families will get the support they need as soon as they need it.”

About Children 1st

Children 1st has been preventing harm, protecting children in Scotland and supporting them to recover from abuse and trauma since 1884.

Children 1st works to prevent, protect and keep children safe, to build strong communities and help children in Scotland to live in safe, loving, families. It also supports children and families to recover from abuse, trauma and other adversity and move forward with their lives.

Parentline

If you are worried about something that has happened to you or your child, want some advice or simply want to talk, Parentline can support you. Parentline offers support on the phone: 08000 28 22 33, online www.children1st.org.uk/parentline or by email parentlinescotland@children1st.or.uk

Parentline’s new web pages provide lots of resources for families looking for tips or advice. The site also uses illustrated characters to explain the most important thing children need in their lives: relationships with trusted adults who love them and keep them safe.

Ali’s⃰ Story

Ali says: “Arguments between me and my son Lewis had become explosive and sometimes got physical. When I called Parentline we were at breaking point.

“Talking to someone who was neutral helped me see that it was a difficult situation and the way I was dealing with things were just making things worse. Jenny at Parentline helped me really think about my actions and how they affected my son. It wasn’t easy but her advice and support were amazing.

“Once I changed my way of dealing with things, things slowly began to improve. Lewis confided to me that he wanted to go the Doctors for help with his mental health. This was massive – I don’t believe he would have done that, if things hadn’t changed.

“Lewis is a different person. Our relationship is the best it’s ever been. I don’t know where we would be if I hadn’t got in contact with Parentline.

“I would encourage anyone who is having difficulties with their kids to get in touch with Parentline.”

⃰Names have been changed to protect the family’s privacy.

If your charity is interested in becoming a partner in future, please complete and return a note of interest form here.