Poll shows just how happy we re­ally are in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Money may make the world go round but a strong com­mu­nity is the big­gest driver of hap­pi­ness, ac­cord­ing to re­cent poll of Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen res­i­dents.

Over 85 per cent of res­i­dents put com­mu­nity is­sues first in the poll car­ried out by lo­cal char­ity Healthy ‘n’ Happy Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust.

Ruther­glen res­i­dents were sur­veyed dur­ing the Lan­de­mer Day fes­ti­val by none other than a cheery yel­low Mr Happy. Vol­un­teers of the char­ity dressed as the char­ac­ter that fa­mously let the world know ‘Glas­gow Smiles bet­ter’, to ask the ques­tion, ‘What makes the peo­ple of Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen happy?’

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer for Healthy ‘n’ Happy Nick Watt said: “The ques­tion was re­ally open ended so to hear lo­cal peo­ple say such great things specif­i­cally about where they live was re­ally up­lift­ing.

“The sur­vey was part of a wider cam­paign from Healthy ‘n’ Happy that also in­cluded Cam­bus­lang, where Mr Happy made a sim­i­lar ap­pear­ance at the Sum­mer­fest gala day.”

The cam­paign comes as part of the build up to the open­ing of a new com­mu­nity hub at 18 Farmeloan Road. The hub will play host to a range of com­mu­nity pur­posed events and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing hous­ing the stu­dios of lo­cal com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion Cam­Glen Ra­dio on 107.9FM.

The new com­mu­nity hub, the name of which has yet to be re­leased, will of­fi­cially open its doors to the public in early Oc­to­ber.

With the idea of com­mu­nity be­ing val­ued so strongly by the peo­ple of Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen, the open­ing of this com­mu­nity hub seems to be com­ing at the per­fect time.

Here’s what some of the res­i­dents said makes them happy:

“There are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get in­volved with the com­mu­nity”

“Help­ing at the Cam­bus­lang Al­lot­ment Gar­den”

“Play­ing football for Cam­bus­lang Rangers”

“My fam­ily make me happy, don’t know about healthy mind you”

“Those fan­tas­tic hair­dressers make me happy”

“Spend­ing time with my chil­dren run­ning around in our back gar­den”

“The lion dog that’s al­ways on Ruther­glen Main Street. See­ing him makes me smile.”

Hap­pi­ness Healthy ‘n’ Happy have asked Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents what makes them happy at Lan­de­mer Day and Sum­mer­fest

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