THE fast developing Cowdenbeath charity, Oliver's Army, has been praised in a motion to the Scottish Parliament.

Cowdenbeath MSP, Annabelle Ewing, has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament highlighting the work of Oliver’s Army, a Cowdenbeath-based charity and wishing them well as they move to a new home.

The charity, who only opened their new base in the former Post Office building at 84 High Street, last weekend, provides training for assistance dogs and advice on mental health issues among other support avenues.

Speaking on Wednesday Ms Ewing said: “Oliver’s Army is a wonderful charity based in my constituency.

"They do a fantastic job training service dogs to provide assistance to people with a range of disabilities or challenges.

“These dogs can make a huge difference to the lives of the people they help and I wish the group all the very best as they set up home in their new base.”

Oliver's Army provides assistance and therapy dogs for those people with autism, learning difficulties and other conditions including PTSD.

The text of the motion as published in the Scottish Parliament’s Business Bulletin is as follows: 'That the Parliament notes the exciting move to a new base for Cowdenbeath charity, Oliver's Army; praises its tireless work in training service dogs to assist disabled people in the various challenges they face every day; highlights that well-trained service animals can have immense, positive impacts on the overall wellbeing of disabled people; hopes that the new space will enable the charity to offer a greater level of independence and autonomy to those it seeks to help, and wishes Oliver's army continued and future success in ensuring an increase in the quality of life for people requiring service animals in Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly".