Louisa's Story

I was first supported by Barnardo’s Scotland when I was 16, homeless and pregnant. They helped me through some of the toughest times in my life. Despite living on my own with a young son I was determined to study and eventually won a place at Queen Margaret University to study psychology.

Barnardo’s gave me the support I needed to get through school and university, whenever I couldn’t cope with anything they were there, they gave me the opportunity to speak to them about what was going on in my life and helped me get through it.

I completed my degree this year winning a 1st class pass in psychology and now have a graduate trainee post with Lloyds TSB. Barnardo’s don’t give up on you they help you help yourself. They go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure you can be all you can be.


Barnardo’s work includes parenting groups and one-to-one work with parents through our network of family centres, community-based parenting programmes, and specialised work with parents who have particular needs. Our services provide both general support and specific parenting education programmes which enable parents to deal more effectively with a range of children’s behaviour.

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If you are a child who needs help, please call Childline on 0800 11 11.

Alternatively, please call 0808 800 5000 to discuss your concerns with the NSPCC 24 Hour Child Protection Helpline.

If you are concerned about a Barnardo's member of staff, volunteer or carer please call the relevant national or regional office and speak to a Barnardo's senior manager or children's services representative.