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ParentLine Scotland is the na- tional, confidential helpline for anyone caring for or con- cerned about a child. I visited volunteers to


hear about the work they do and to help field some calls for the evening as part of Volunteers Week. We should be hugely grateful for the work they do in their spare time. The service, run by CHIL-


DREN 1st, has taken more than 40,000 calls and emails since its launch in 1999. More than 3000 people contact ParentLine Scot- land every year for help and


support with problems big and small, including family relation- ships, separation and divorce, and child abuse. Ongoing one- to-one support with a specific call-taker is also available. ParentLine Scotland also


runs the national Kinship Care Helpline for kinship carers across Scotland. Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, call 08000 28 22 33 or email parentlinescotland@children1st. org.uk


The service has around


90 call-takers but is always on the look-out for more volun-


teers to provide help, support and advice. No experience is necessary and full training is provided. For more information on


volunteering for ParentLine Scotland call 0131 446 2333, email parentline@children1st.org.uk or


go


www.children1st.org.uk/what- we-do/our-services/search-our- services/parentline- scotland/volunteer-with-par- entline


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