Letters, May 27 2022

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Help end hunger by getting on the move in May

This May, we are encouraging residents across Scotland to make a move and help Mary’s Meals feed more hungry children around the world.

We are calling on people to step up during National Walking Month and take part in our Move For Meals challenge which encourages participants to raise sponsorship whilst keeping active.

Mary’s Meals serves nutritious school meals to children living in some of the world’s poorest countries.

The promise of a good meal attracts these hungry children into the classroom, giving them the energy to learn and hope for a better future.

The charity reaches 2,279,941 children every school day in 20 countries, including Ethiopia, Yemen and Madagascar.

It’s National Walking Month, the weather is getting warmer, and the days are getting longer. It’s the perfect time to take part in Move For Meals!

It costs just £15.90 to feed a hungry child with Mary’s Meals for an entire school year.

This means that even the smallest of steps will transform the lives of little ones living in the world’s poorest countries.

Signing up for Move For Meals couldn’t be easier. Find out more at marysmeals.org.uk/move-for-meals  

Morven Macgillivray, supporter engagement manager, Mary’s Meals.

Childline is here to help with exam stress

This academic year has seen the return of National exams and Highers in Scotland after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

For many children and their parents and carers, the exam period can be an anxious and stressful time.

A return to normality in September has seen Childline provide more support to anxious students as end-of-year tests loomed on the horizon.

In the year between April 2021 and March 2022, Childline practitioners delivered 1,734 counselling sessions to children and young people across Scotland and the rest of the UK with concerns about exam stress and revision, which is a 62 per cent rise on the previous year.

When talking to Childline counsellors about their upcoming exams this month, children shared that their worries were affecting their mental health, anxiety levels and ability to sleep.

It is important for young people to know that they aren’t alone if they are feeling like this. Instead, that they are encouraged to share any concerns or worries with their friends or a trusted adult.

Parents and carers can help by reassuring their child that they are there to listen to what they might be feeling and to help them to take the time to think about what to do next.

There are lots of places young people can get support, including the Childline website where they can get advice on dealing with exam stress, visit our message boards or even use an art box to draw through what they want to happen and look at potential next steps.

Childline is here for every child and young person and our specially trained counsellors are also ready 24/7 to discuss exam worries and other concerns free on 0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk

Paul Johnson, Childline team manager.