06 Jul 2018
Scottish music legend Les McKeown gave Childline volunteers a boost performing one of his Bay City Rollers hits to them, prior to performing at a major festival which will benefit NSPCC Scotland.
Les will be performing with the Bay City Rollers at Scotfest in Edinburgh this weekend where NSPCC Scotland is the charity partner. Ahead of that appearance, the singer headed to the charity’s base in Glasgow to meet volunteers at its Childline service and learn about how they give up their time to help and support young people who need someone to talk to.
Edinburgh-born Les, who is now based in London, said: “I’m delighted to be back in Scotland for this wonderful music event. NSPCC Scotland was a great choice as a charity partner as they are doing so much to protect young people.
“It’s very important for me to be back in Scotland performing and playing a part in protecting children.”
The singer visited the base in Glasgow where in the last year Childline volunteers delivered 38,402 sessions with children across the UK about issues like mental health, bullying, neglect, abuse and family relationships.
He performed his 1970s hit Shang-A-Lang to volunteers and chatted to them before they started their counselling shift.
He added: “Social media is playing a bigger role in children’s lives, you see reports coming up all the time and it is a big problem, especially for children at such a crucial stage in their development when they could be having a difficult time.
“It’s so hard for children these days, if they are being bullied it can be relentless, it’s on their phones, their computers, everywhere.
“In the past when children left school and got home the bullying would maybe stop for a few hours but now it’s relentless.
“People gang up and pick a target on social media, that’s why it’s so important that children have somewhere like the NSPCC and Childline where they can turn to for help.
“The NSPCC are working hard to keep children safe online. Unfortunately, there are all these sharks swimming around trying to take advantage of children who may be troubled and there are people out there trying to groom children. We all should stand up and speak out about it.
“A lot of people in this country think that they better not say anything about concerns they may have but we need to become better at reporting things, we need to be more proactive and voice our concerns to the authorities or to the NSPCC.
“As well as having Childline, the NSPCC has an adult helpline for anyone who has concerns about a child, it’s a fantastic service and I would encourage more people to use it.”
This weekend Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers perform at Scotfest at Ingliston’s Royal Highland Centre and will be joined by acts including Boyzone, Five Star, B*witched, Liberty X, The Jacksons and East 17.
Children and young people can contact Childline for free, confidential support and advice, 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk
To volunteer for Childline, go to https://bit.ly/2hCVjfz