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Burn­hill group land £2000 of fund­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Burn­hill group have se­cured ex­tra fund­ing that will help them con­tinue to help the com­mu­nity.

The Burn­hill Chil­dren’s Ac­tion Group, who are sup­ported by Healthy ‘n’ Happy have helped young­sters in the area over the past five years.

Now they’ve landed £ 2000 from Foun­da­tion Scot­land as part of the Asda Car­rier Bag Com­mu­nity Grants fund.

The group has ap­prox­i­mately 55 reg­is­tered young peo­ple with ap­prox­i­mately 30 at­tend­ing weekly on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and the cash from the grant will pur­chase art sup­plies, sta­tionery, out­door sports equip­ment and games.

They aim to help young­sters be­come aware of cur­rent is­sues that af­fect their lives, and of the choices they can make with those is­sues.

Jan Tay­lor, a com­mu­nity worker with Healthy ‘n’ Happy, be­lieves the work of the ac­tion group has made a real dif­fer­ence to many of the kids in the area.

She said: “The ac­tion group is a very is­sue based group, and has been since it was started.

“We go through a pro­gramme of arts, crafts and games, but we talk to them about the com­mu­nity and what they’re want­ing from it, and their own iden­tity in it.

“We look at things like sec­tar­i­an­ism and racism, and around the time of the ref­er­en­dum we even dis­cussed vot­ing , and why vot­ing is im­por­tant- we had a vote on what sort of cake we should be hav­ing.

“We’ve built up a good trust with them over the years, one that they are very pas­sion­ate about, where we trust them and they trust us in re­turn.

“Some of these kids have been com­ing for years, and they’ve turned into well rounded, crack­ing kids.

“It’s re­ally about try­ing to open their world to dif­fer­ent things and giv­ing them op­tions.”

Jan also feels that the cash boost through Foun­da­tion Scot­land and the Asda fund will help keep the group go­ing.

She added: “They’ve been suc­cess­ful this year with get­ting fund­ing from var­i­ous dif­fer­ent places, and whether it’s a big pot or a lit­tle pot it all makes a dif­fer­ence.”

Asda has com­mit­ted the pro­ceeds (less VAT) from the sale of their 5p sin­gleuse car­rier bags across their 62 stores in Scot­land to char­i­ta­ble causes like the Burn­hill Ac­tion Group.

Foun­da­tion Scot­land is an in­de­pen­dent char­ity es­tab­lished to strengthen lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties by pro­vid­ing a source of fund­ing to com­mu­nity led projects the length and breadth of Scot­land.

Since 1996 they’ve dis­trib­uted over £45.4 mil­lion to char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups.

The Burn­hill Chil­dren’s Ac­tion Group meet ev­ery Thurs­day from 4pm un­til 5pm at Burn­hill Sports Cen­tre.

The Asda Car­rier Bag Com­mu­nity Grants will pro­vide up to £2000 to help projects and good causes in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

The pro­ceeds (less VAT) come from the sale of the 5p sin­gle-use car­rier bags across their 62 stores in Scot­land.

Grants can help meet a wide range of costs for com­mu­nity groups, in­clud­ing: gen­eral run­ning costs, train­ing, equip­ment, ma­te­ri­als; mar­ket­ing and aware­ness rais­ing ini­tia­tives, train­ing and com­mu­nity events.

Other lo­cal groups to have ben­e­fit­ted from the scheme in­clude Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Rock and Pop Choir, Ar­den­glen So­cial Com­mit­tee in Castlemilk, the Hid­den Gar­den Trust and To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Hall.

Cheque The ac­tion group celebrate the ex­tra fund­ing

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