Reach­ing out

Cathkin pupils show their car­ing side

Rutherglen Reformer - - CHARITY -

A South La­nark­shire char­ity is quids in af­ter pupils at a Cam­bus­lang school held their an­nual Youth Phi­lan­thropy Ini­tia­tive fi­nal.

Stu­dents at Cathkin High se­lected REACH La­nark­shire Autism as the good cause to re­ceive a £3000 do­na­tion through the scheme.

The ini­tia­tive has been de­liv­ered through core Re­li­gious, Moral, Phi­los­o­phy Stud­ies to S4 pupils at the school and has en­cour­aged pupils to con­sider and re­flect on so­cial is­sues within the com­mu­nity and iden­tify ‘grass­roots’ char­i­ties that help peo­ple cope and deal with those is­sues.

The whole of S4 be­gan the course by iden­ti­fy­ing a char­ity that helps peo­ple in their com­mu­nity and re­searched the fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity of the char­ity.

Pupils built up a pre­sen­ta­tion and stated a case as to why a £3000 do­na­tion is de­serv­ing of this char­ity.

The pre­sen­ta­tions were de­liv­ered firstly in their RMPS classes to their peers and to their RMPS teach­ers.

Eight win­ners were cho­sen to present their power points, videos and speeches in front of the whole of S3, and in­vited char­i­ties that had made it through to the fi­nal.

A judg­ing panel made up of Mrs An­neMarie McNair, last year’s win­ners Louis Mos­som and Melissa McCar­roll, Coun­cil­lor Rus­sell Clearie and the YPI Co­or­di­na­tor for Scot­land, Lynn Ray­nal then helped pick the win­ners.

The over­all win­ners were Burns pupils Sha­nia Bryson, El­iz­a­beth Cochrane, Emma Pri­est­ley and Amy Hobbs.

The four stu­dents who re­searched, pre­sented and pro­moted REACH, which fo­cuses on of­fer­ing sup­port, guid­ance and ac­tiv­i­ties to young peo­ple who have been di­ag­nosed with Autism.

A spokesper­son for the char­ity, af­ter win­ning the cheque for £3000, said: “This money is in­valu­able to of­fer­ing fan­tas­tic re­sources and ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren at­tend­ing our char­ity.

“It has also raised aware­ness of who we reach out to and what kind of ser­vices we can of­fer to some­one who has been di­ag­nosed with Autism”.

El­iz­a­beth Cochrane, who pre­sented at the fi­nal, said: “To me, YPI has helped me re­alise some of the ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple out there.

“The char­i­ties we heard about var­ied from help­ing autis­tic chil­dren to peo­ple who had ex­pe­ri­enced enor­mous grief.”

The four girls, along with their teacher Mrs Colligan, at­tended the na­tional YPI pre­sen­ta­tion for Scot­land in Perth.

REACH was es­tab­lished in March 2012 to bridge the gap in post di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices across La­nark­shire, to pro­vide sup­port to fam­i­lies who have a young per­son with an Autism Spec­trum Con­di­tion liv­ing within the au­thor­ity of South La­nark­shire.

Fol­low­ing a pe­riod of work­ing closely within the autism com­mu­nity, it was noted there ex­isted a need to work panLa­nark­shire to pro­vide much needed sup­port and ac­tiv­i­ties in both North and South La­nark­shire and re­flect the di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices used by those within NHS La­nark­shire.

For more info visit www.reachautism.

Fab four El­iz­a­beth Cochrane, Sha­nia Bryson, Emma Pri­est­ley and Amy Hobbs present a cheque to char­ity REACH

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