CARE workers from a highly-praised Greenock home have given a moving insight into the difference it is making to the young people who live there.

Manager Donna McIntyre and residential worker Marie McKernan spoke out about the achievements of Kylemore Children’s Unit after it was singled out for top accolades by Scottish watchdogs and an international children’s organisation. 

Kylemore is now considered world leading after it was accredited for a UNICEF ‘level one’ award.

The residential establishment for looked after children was also graded excellent by the Care Inspectorate following an unannounced inspection — making it the best in Scotland.

Inspectors hailed the first class care afforded to the children who live there — some of the most vulnerable young people in the area. 

Kylemore care worker Marie McKernan, speaking to members of the Inverclyde Joint Integrated Board, which oversees local services, said: “We see the young people at Kylemore as our own children. 

“We want to give them self esteem and show that these young people in Kylemore do matter. 

“We want Kylemore to be a great experience where we do everything possible to create the kind of memories that they can look back on.”

Manager Ms McIntyre also told the board about the achievements of the six young people who live there and praised her team.

She said: “It is great to see our staff get the recognition they deserve for the work they do day-in, day-out to improve the lives of young people in Inverclyde.

“In Kylemore we have young people who are working and learning to drive.

“We also work closely with their families.

“Everyone is playing their part in the success.”

Councillor Jim Clocherty led the praise for Kylemore.

He added: “This is an excellent report and I am delighted for the members of staff.”

Head of children’s services and criminal justice social work Sharon McAlees said: “We are very proud of what has been achieved at Kylemore.”

The joint board’s chief officer Louise Long added: “These excellent grades mean Kylemore has been held up as the highest standard of practice across Scotland.”