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A charity which provides vital mental health projects and counselling services for young people across East Dunbartonshire has officially opened its new head office at Kirkintilloch.

Strathkelvin and Bearsden SNP MSP Rona Mackay and East Dunbartonshire SNP MP Amy Callaghan did the honours of cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the Rookie Rockstars HQ at Townhead.

Ms Mackay said she was delighted to open the new HQ and praised CEO Dave Brackenridge and his team for their work with young people in the community.

She said: "It's great to see this inspirational local charity going from strength to strength, providing a supportive, cathartic outlet for many of my young constituents.

"In the current climate and with the mental health of families suffering as a result of the cost of living crisis, the charity's counselling services are vital to ensure support is available for those in need."

Ms Callaghan echoed Ms Mackay's comments and added that it was "a pleasure" to open the new HQ.

Rookie Rockstars CEO Dave Brackenridge thanked Ms Mackay and Ms Callaghan and "everyone else who is and has supported us on our journey to help the lives of young people and families n our communities."

As well as providing a project to give children the opportunity to work with professional musicians and singers, aimed at promoting confidence, self-esteem and positive friendships, Rookie Rockstars have set up a new mental health counselling service "Rookie Minds" for both children and young people.

This service provides the opportunity for struggling youngsters to talk to mental health professionals in an organisation where they feel safe.

Dave added: "We have been providing this service on a small scale for a short time now and we are absolutely convinced of the need for it. Rookie Minds is open to anyone who needs it.

"This project works out of our head office in Kirkintilloch as well as working directly with schools."

If you know someone in need of help, contact or call 01414040057.

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