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"A Place of Refuge"

A review of Bankhead Childrens Home by Louise written on Tuesday 2nd of June 2020


I was placed in Bankhead Children's Home in 79 and early eighties with my younger sister. I was 11 and she 9. We shared a bedroom which was important because we looked after one another at night. We would snuggle in together for emotional support even though we were continually told not to. Most of the staff were nice - I remember Nessie the cook she was fab and let me help her sometimes. Wee Rose and Sadie were two favourite staff members, they kinda got that we were vulnerable and brightened our days when they were on duty. They would make us feel almost human - I never forgot them for their kind, gentle way. Unfortunately back then there was no professional support for our mental and emotional wellbeing, but without the home my life would have been much worse! My sister has food issues to this day because one of the male staff would force her to eat meat, she never liked meat and has been a vegetarian for 40years. Bankhead was a nice, clean refuge with good food and garden where we sat and played in the summer. I wonder how the place is now?.

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