Children’s charity closes its doors

CHOSI staff past and present were sorry to see the service close, but celebrated all it has accomplished in the past two decades

CHOSI staff past and present were sorry to see the service close, but celebrated all it has accomplished in the past two decades

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A Motherwell-based children’s charity has closed after transforming hundreds of young lives in North Lanarkshire over the last 20 years.

Barnardo’s Scotland CHOSI was initially set up in 1994 to provide support for young people aged 14 to 17 and then latterly aged eight to 12 who were involved in offending behaviour.

The service aimed to prevent children and young people progressing into the adult justice system by offering alternative community based programmes.

This was achieved by supporting and encouraging children and young people to make positive life choices, challenging and addressing the young persons offending.

However, as North Lanarkshire Council now offers a similar service, CHOSI, which operated out of the old Town Hall, decided to disband, but not before celebrating its success with families, staff volunteers and partner agencies at The Bentley Hotel.

Mae McQueen, children’s service manager at CHOSI, said: “We’re sad to see CHOSI come to an end, but we are immensely proud of everything that has been achieved over the last 20 years.

“Our team has established positive working relationships with countless children, young people and families and with many groups in the local community.

“However, it is important to stress that although CHOSI is closing, Barnardo’s Scotland will continue to have a substantial presence in Lanarkshire with three remaining services and will be welcoming staff and service users to our new Young Families service.

“We hope that local families will continue to make the most of the wonderful opportunities provided by Barnardo’s Scotland helping them to turn their lives around.”

Barnardo’s Scotland would like to thank everyone who has worked with the service over the last 20 years.”