Par­ents took over when cash was cut

East Kilbride News - - CLUB NEWS - Ray Por­relli

Les­ley In­gram, chair­per­son of Ashcraig For­mer Pupils, shared her jour­ney of seven years with the mem­bers of East Kilbride Ro­tary Club.

The for­mer pupils club pro­vides an en­vi­ron­ment for young adults with phys­i­cal and or vis­ual dis­abil­i­ties to so­cialise, take part in games and learn new skills which also give respite for a num­ber of hours to the par­ents and car­ers.

Fol­low­ing the with­drawal of funds by the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment, a com­mit­tee made up of par­ents and club mem­bers formed with a view to re­gen­er­at­ing the club, rais­ing funds and broad­en­ing the range of ex­pe­ri­ences on of­fer to the young adults.

For sev­eral years they were based in the for­mer Ashcraig School.

A part­ner­ship with Ur­ban Fox was es­tab­lished to de­liver a sports pro­gramme for mem­bers while oth­ers took part in quizzes, bingo, bak­ing or play­ing snooker.

Young inspirational speak­ers were asked along to the club. One guest had vol­un­teered in Africa de­spite be­ing wheel­chair-bound.

Fos­ter­ing re­la­tion­ships with Glas­gow Dis­abil­ity Al­liance who or­gan­ised first aid cour­ses, al­co­hol aware­ness and chair and mas­sage ther­apy, Cre­ative Elec­tric for drama ses­sions and Project Abil­ity de­liv­er­ing arts projects ex­panded the mem­ber’s ex­pe­ri­ences.

The lat­est project is the very suc­cess­ful sum­mer camp, which ini­tially ran for six days and is now ex­tended to two weeks.

Les­ley said hard work by the com­mit­tee, staff and mem­bers over the last seven years has en­riched the lives of the young dis­abled adults.

Her col­league Ian John­stone de­tailed the fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties of run­ning the club and how they have to raise £50,000 each year, with trans­port be­ing the most sig­nif­i­cant cost.

Ian Craig gave the vote of thanks.

Guests Pres­i­dent Bruce Gunn with Les­ley In­gram and Ian John­ston

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