Friendly welcome at Bud­dies Club launch

Group gets off to flyer

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

Cam­glen Bud­dies Leisure and So­cial Club cel­e­brated their grand open­ing last Fri­day.

A huge crowd turned out at the Harry Heaney Cen­tre, Spit­tal, to mark the spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

As well as mem­bers of the club and their par­ents, Coun­cil­lor Rus­sell Clearie also at­tended.

Proud sec­re­tary Siob­han Harkin ad­dressed the crowd.

“Two years ago we at­tended a meet­ing held by So­cial Work about ameni­ties in the Cam­bu­lang and Ruther­glen area for young adults with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

“It soon be­came ap­par­ent that there was noth­ing in this area for young peo­ple and adults with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

“This is when we de­cided to start some­thing our­selves and that is how Cam­glen Bud­dies Leisure and So­cial Club came about,” she said.

The group have been ac­tively fundrais­ing over the past two years with dis­cos and a stall at Lan­de­mer and they have just been granted char­i­ta­ble sta­tus.

They meet once a month and aim to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for young adults and adults with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties to live mean­ing­ful lives.

“We want them to have a rea­son to get up” said Siob­han.

“We want so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties to be the core ser­vice and foun­da­tion on which Cam­glen Bud­dies Leisure and So­cial Club is built.

“Let young adults start to make friends their own age as this is what seems to be the main is­sue with in­di­vid­u­als with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

“I feel very ex­cited for what the fu­ture brings to our mem­bers so all that is left to say now is this is where the hard work re­ally be­gins,” she said.

Best of pals Mem­bers, par­ents and friends at the of­fi­cial open­ing of Cam­glen Bud­dies Leisure and So­cial Club

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