Friendly welcome at Buddies Club launch
Group gets off to flyer
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