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BARNARDO'S shop in Hanover Street in Stranraer has closed permanently with the loss of two jobs. The charity confirmed the closure is permanent but said that the shut-down is not linked to the Coronavirus crisis. A spokeswoman told the Free Press: “The shop closure was in place six months ago – it's just down to the lease coming to an end. “It's unfortunate the handover back to the landlord fell during lockdown. “There were two members of staff and ideally we would have liked to place them in another store but there are no stores nearby within a suitable travelling distance. “Both members of staff were aware of the situation and made other working arrangement.” Barnardo's Scotland work with more than 16,300 children and young people in over 140 specialised community-based services and 95 shops across the country. In this, Mental Health Awrenedd Week, they launched a new film for everyone involved in educating children and young people called ‘It's All About Relationships: Embedding relational, trauma sensitive approaches in education settings'. The film, a collaboration between Barnardo's Scotland and Public Health Scotland, highlights practical examples and tips that education staff can build into their everyday practice to support positive relationships with young people. Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “Children's mental, emotional and physical wellbeing are the foundations of successful learning. I welcome this video demonstrating the innovative ways schools and others are helping improve young people's health and wellbeing with the support of Attainment Scotland Funding. “The positive relationships highlighted in the film will be crucial in supporting children and families once schools return. “We are providing schools with Attainment Scotland funding flexibility to help best support the education, health and wellbeing and care of children and young people during the response to the Covid-19 and beyond. “We know that during this difficult time the mental health of pupils can be put under great strain. “Our Clear Your Head campaign looks to ensure the right help and support is in place and through this we have provided funding to Young Scot to develop online mental health resources. We are also working with the Spark organisation to deliver counselling services for children and young people throughout this challenging period.”

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