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L-R: Mandy Temple, Sessional Worker, Peter Grant MP, Kylie Christie, Project Manager

Glenrothes and Central Fife MP, Peter Grant visited Muirhead Outreach Project last week and met with staff to discuss the aims of the charity and how they are working to improve the lives of local families.

Muirhead are a dedicated team (made up of Managers, sessional workers and volunteers) who believe in forming positive relationships with families who are experiencing difficulties that could potentially lead to family breakdown. The organisation say that it is important to them that families feel supported, included and valued.

Kylie, the Project Manager, explained their referral system to the local MP, as well as their ethos of working with the whole family. Muirhead Outreach are the only local project to work with the whole family, both as individuals and as a family unit. Their statistics have shown that while 88% of their families already received support from other local organisations, none of the families they’ve worked with have gone on to need support from another organisation.

Commenting, Peter Grant said:

“I had a fantastic afternoon last week visiting and speaking with Kylie and Mandy at Muirhead Outreach Project. The level of work that the small team here do is incredible and the impact that it clearly has on the lives of whole families in our communities is priceless. Kylie showed me how they track the improvements in a person health and wellbeing from the beginning of the 8-week course, and their evaluation showed everyone finished feeling better about themselves and their family.

“We all know that family life can be stressful, for a range of different reasons, so it is comforting to know that we have a project in our community that can provide someone with a bit of support and reassurance during difficult times and can help to guide them through it.”

Kylie Christie, Muirhead’s Project Manager added:

“I am grateful for Peter taking the time to come and meet with us and helping spread the word that we are here and that it’s OK to ask for help. Families can self-refer before any other organisation is involved.”

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