Stars set to shine on Lon­don visit

Group re­ceive £10,000 in lottery fund­ing

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It’s Lon­don call­ing for young­sters from Shin­ing Stars the­atre group, af­ter they hit the lottery jack­pot.

The Coat­bridge group, which runs mu­sic, drama and dance work­shops for chil­dren with ad­di­tional sup­port needs, re­ceived fund­ing of £10,000 in the lat­est round of grants an­nounced by the Awards for All scheme.

Now nearly 30 young peo­ple aged be­tween five and 24 are pre­par­ing to head to the cap­i­tal in Oc­to­ber, ac­com­pa­nied by par­ents and group vol­un­teers, to see West End show Wicked and en­joy the sights and sounds of the city.

Shin­ing Stars and a fur­ther 11 Mon­k­lands or­gan­i­sa­tions shared a com­bined Na­tional Lottery jack­pot of al­most £ 84,000, as they were among nearly 500 groups from across Scot­land shar­ing a to­tal of £3.8 mil­lion in the lat­est round of grants for com­mu­nity, arts and sports groups.

Group founder Katie Slavin told the Ad­ver­tiser: “We were re­ally pleased to get such a great amount of lottery fund­ing, and the kids are re­ally ex­cited about go­ing to Lon­don.

“I asked the kids what show they fan­cied and gave them op­tions – they lis­tened to some of the mu­sic from Wicked and that was the one they re­ally wanted to go and see, and I think they were at­tracted to the lady with the green face!

“They can’t wait and are ask­ing if we’re go­ing to see the Queen!

“Some have never been away from home be­fore, and we’re stay­ing re­ally cen­trally and hop­ing to do things all to­gether like go­ing to the Houses of Par­lia­ment, Buck­ing­ham Palace and the Lon­don Eye.

“Our lottery fund­ing also al­lowed us to send our vol­un­teers to train­ing in Maka­ton sign lan­guage, first aid and other cour­ses to help un­der­stand some of the needs our mem­bers have.

“We have Maka­ton-friendly sta­tus and this means that the whole team of vol­un­teers is trained.”

Katie added: “The peo­ple from the Na­tional Lottery were re­ally lovely; I met them at an open day and then they came to meet the kids in the group and took me through fill­ing in the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“Our group doesn’t get fund­ing, it re­lies on vol­un­teers and on par­ents or­gan­is­ing things like bingo and race nights; we thought we’d take the chance to see if we could get the whole £10,000, and feel re­ally lucky to have got it.”

Mon­k­lands’ other lottery win­ners in­clude pupils at three lo­cal schools who will be jump­ing for joy in up­graded play­grounds – St An­drew’s in Burn­foot and St Au­gus­tine’s in Coat­bridge have each been awarded £10,000 to in­stall ad­di­tional equip­ment, while Kirk O’ Shotts in Sals­burgh is to re­ceive £8047.

Mean­while, Mon­k­lands Women’s Aid has been granted £9999 from the Big Lottery Fund for an IT up­grade, al­low­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion to up­grade its com­put­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

Ecosse ama­teur box­ing club and Calder­bank bowl­ing club both re­ceived sup­port to re­cruit new mem­bers, re­spec­tively re­ceiv­ing £6820 from the Big Lottery Fund and £5000 from Sport-Scot­land; with the bowl­ing club plan­ning to fo­cus specif­i­cally on en­cour­ag­ing more young peo­ple into the sport and de­vel­op­ing their junior sec­tion.

Glen­mavis vil­lage events group re­ceived £4910 for their pro­gramme of lo­cal events, while the se­nior cit­i­zens’ club at Whif­flet com­mu­nity cen­tre will be adding to their range of ac­tiv­i­ties with a £ 2550 grant and the se­nior mem­bers of Air­drie High Church re­ceived £2430 for var­i­ous out­ings and their monthly entertainment.

Mean­while, there was also lottery suc­cess for two county-wide or­gan­i­sa­tions – North La­nark­shire Women’s Aid re­ceived £8260 to fund Life­line 24/ 7, its round- the- clock sup­port ser­vice, while Vol­un­tary Ac­tion North La­nark­shire was given £ 5851 to help with the train­ing of vol­un­teers for this month’s Bri­tish Trans­plant Games.

Big Lottery Fund di­rec­tor for Scot­land Martin Caw­ley said: “This is a fan­tas­tic amount of Na­tional Lottery money, go­ing to hun­dreds of groups run by peo­ple ac­tively work­ing to make their com­mu­ni­ties bet­ter places to live.”

They can’t wait and are ask­ing if we’re go­ing to see the Queen!

Cap­i­tal achieve­ment The kids from Shin­ing Stars are off to Lon­don

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