Parents took over when cash was cut
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