South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine last week attended a vital summit at the Scottish Parliament celebrating the importance of everyday relationships.

The event - hosted by counselling and mediation charity Relationships Scotland - featured a keynote speech by the Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell MSP.

Chairman Duncan McEachran and Service Manager John Dougan of Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway attended the event ensuring the voices of the area’s children and families were well represented. Delegates heard from a range of speakers providing specialist relationship support across Scotland, including input from Prostate Cancer UK, Dads Rock and academics. The relationships summit is the first of a series of future events planned by Relationships Scotland, with the aim of ensuring Scottish children and families get the right support at the right time in their lives. 

John Dougan, Service and Development Manager at Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway said:

 “Without the commitment to championing professional relationship support shown by MSPs like Joan McAlpine many frontline counselling, family mediation and child contact centre services simply would not exist. Their strong voice has been vital in ensuring that our local services meet the needs of children and families wherever they live in Scotland”.

Ms McAlpine added:

“I found the event extremely useful. The evening was a chance to meet and hear from partners working together to champion professional relationship support within Scotland and learn about the most recent research in this area.

“Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway provide an invaluable service to my constituents and I am keen to do whatever possible to highlight and support the work of John Dougan and his organisation.”


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