Social business LOVE launches publications arm to help young people

Social enterprise LOVE has launched a new publishing arm aimed at children, young people, parents and teaching staff.

The East Kilbride business – that funds its charitable arm through staff training and recruitment services – will use LOVE Publications to publish educational and resource materials in the form of books, e-books and podcasts.


These will specialise in educational, training, social care and support themes, with an emphasis on those requiring additional support for learning.

LOVE uses its profits from its recruitment and training activity to invest in its charitable arm LOVE Learning, which specialises in education and employability, social care, and physical health programmes for vulnerable children and young people.

The Publications programme aims to support young people in challenging circumstances who would otherwise have limited or no access to services.

The first book has been illustrated by Anna Chalcroft, 23, a design student at Edinburgh College of Art who won a competition run by LOVE. My Brother is Different approaches autism and is aimed for children aged 4-8. The second will address the struggles of children dealing with bereavement.

Lynn Bell, CEO of LOVE, said: “With the launch of our new publishing services, we want to provide children in vulnerable circumstances with tools and material that will help them build resilience and coping mechanisms towards difficult situations.

“We recognise the importance of making these services available to our children and believe that this initiative will provide extensive support to children and young people going through difficult stages in their lives.


“Those purchasing these publications will also being doing so in the full knowledge that the money generated by these will be invested back into the community to support vulnerable children and young people.”

Debbie Irving, manager at LOVE Publications, said: “With the book My Brother is Different, LOVE starts a new chapter in its journey to provide exceptional support services to vulnerable children and young people in Scotland. Through our up-coming publications, we aim to make a tangible difference to the lives of many children that up until now have had limited or no access to the help and services they need.”


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