THE health secretary has met with staff and service users at Quarriers to mark the charitys 150th anniversary.

Humza Yousaf visited the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre in Govan where he was given a tour of the hospital and given the opportunity to patients whose epilepsy is currently being assessed.

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The charity began life in 1871 in James Morrison Street in Glasgow as a home for orphaned children.

He then met with Quarriers’ Excellence Award winners who helped to ensure that Quarriers continues to provide the best possible level of care through its 100 different services across Scotland.

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Mr Yousaf said: “I’m delighted to be here to meet the winners of the Quarriers Excellence Awards and hear about their dedication, ingenuity and passion in delivering first-rate support to people during the past year.

“I’d like to thank all Quarriers staff and volunteers for the commitment and energy they have shown in supporting people during the past 18 months - at times in very difficult circumstances. The care Quarriers provides transforms peoples’ lives, by enabling them to realise their potential.

“I’m proud that the world-class Scottish Epilepsy Centre is situated within my constituency, and that its creation was supported by the Scottish Government, and I’m especially impressed by its collaborative model of third sector and NHS working to deliver care.

“I am committed to continuing the strong relationship we have built with the charity, and to working together to achieve better outcomes for people across Scotland.”

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Dr Ron Culley, CEO of Quarriers, said: “As we mark our 150th anniversary, we’re delighted to welcome Mr Yousaf back to Quarriers. The charity has made a significant impact on Scotland’s care sector for the past 150 years, and with Mr Yousaf’s support, our continued hard work and dedication to transforming the lives of the people we support, the positive impact of Quarriers’ alongside the people who need it most, will go from strength to strength.

“For many the support of our staff is vital and it helps them to realise their full potential and overcome challenges in their day to day lives and all our team should be proud of their work and the difference that it makes.”