£10,000 boost for Park Friends

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

The Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park has been given a £10,000 boost to con­tinue its ac­tiv­i­ties in the com­mu­nity.

The award is from the Big Lot­tery Com­mu­ni­ties and Fam­i­lies Fund and is for a project called For­est School for Early Years, which will ben­e­fit over 70 lo­cal chil­dren.

For­est schools al­low chil­dren to learn out­doors, through ac­tiv­i­ties such as build­ing dens, safely use fires to cook and how to work to­gether to achieve this.

Last year, the fund awarded a grant to en­able the Friends to train and equip six vol­un­teers as for­est school lead­ers, where part of their train­ing was to run ses­sions in the park.

Th­ese proved so popular that the Friends ap­plied again for money to pro­vide ses­sions for younger chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. The ses­sions will be run by Project 31.

Chair­man Ed­ward Cais said:“The Friends are de­lighted that the Big Lot­tery see the value of projects like this.”

Lo­cal MSP James Kelly has con­grat­u­lated the Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park on their re­cent fund­ing suc­cess.

Mr Kelly said:“This is great news for the Friends of the Park. I know how well-re­ceived the work they do is in Cam­bus­lang is.

“I un­der­stand that the For­est School they will run with the project will ben­e­fit over 70 un­der-fives.

“With sum­mer ap­proach­ing, it is al­ways nice to hear of projects hap­pen­ing in the lo­cal area for young peo­ple, es­pe­cially in Cam­bus­lang park.

“Fund­ing suc­cesses such as this grant show valu­able the work groups like Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park is and I wish them ev­ery suc­cess for their new pro­gramme.”

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