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School talks for Renfrew Service

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Last updated: 10.50am, by Leanne McGuire

As part of our contract monitoring we were asked to start going into local schools to speak to pupils about homelessness to try and reduce the stigma and educate young folks.

Yesterday (4th Feb) was our first talk to 6th Year pupils at Renfrew's Trinity High and Morag McGhie, Housing Support worker and good old me went along.

We decided we would start off talking about what happens when you become homeless, the needs homeless people may have, how we support them and moving into your own place.

We’re glad to say nothing other than smiles, nods and appropriate questions were thrown our way.

We hope to have reduced stigma and educated the pupils to try and change any negative view they may come across about homelessness.

To be fair Morag was the star of the show and did a great job, I really could see the teacher in her! I might even send her along herself next time as she did so well!

We gave out some freebies and encouraged the pupils to look at our website, in particular service user stories and audio bloggs.

What can I say, Morag and I are really looking forward to our next session at the end of March. We may even take a service user along, in fact we had hoped to do that this time but as you know sometimes life just gets in the way.

Jane Gordon (Project Manager, Renfrew)

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