Strong year for ser­vices

Re­port on re­gen­er­a­tion suc­cess

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

Re­gen­er­a­tion ser­vices in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang have cel­e­brated a suc­cess­ful year.

And this week’s meet­ing of the Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Area Com­mit­tee heard some of the high­lights for the pe­riod April 2014 to March 2015.

Re­gen­er­a­tion Ser­vices con­tinue to man­age the Tack­ling Poverty Pro­gramme with £4.6mil­lion to be pumped in through­out 2015/16.

A strong fo­cus will con­tinue to be placed on Whit­law­burn, Spring­hall, Cathkin, Fern­hill, Cairns, West­burn, Half­way and Burn­hill.

In the past year, Routes to In­clu­sion in Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen has seen 430 peo­ple find jobs, 112 en­ter train­ing and 13 take up ed­u­ca­tion.

Key ac­tiv­ity for the Tack­ling Poverty team in­cludes youth di­ver­sion with 1878 young peo­ple, 37 adult and 48 youth vol­un­teers trained and sup­ported to de­liver youth ser­vices.

The Healthy ‘n’ Happy Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust was given ad­vice on fund­ing to help them open premises on Farmeloan Road with £400,000 of fi­nan­cial sup­port from Clyde Gate­way.

They now have three cafes op­er­at­ing – two in Whit­law­burn and one in Burn­hill – with 59 mums at­tend­ing.

Four edi­tions of Com­mu­nity Mat­ters have been printed and dis­trib­uted to house­holds in the area.

In the Com­mu­nity and Vol­un­tary sec­tor, 10 or­gan­i­sa­tions have been sup­ported to lever in £ 84,028 ad­di­tional fund­ing to the area.

The team also helped se­cure £ 54,000 of new ex­ter­nal fund­ing from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Peo­ple and Com­mu­ni­ties Fund for Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau.

Busi­ness Sup­port also boosted firms in the Ruther­glen and Cam bus­lang area.

Thirty-seven firms were given help; with 208 jobs ei­ther cre­ated or saved.

It is pro­jected that £ 2.55m of ad­di­tonal sales could be gen­er­ated for those busi­nesses.

Some of the com­pa­nies to ben­e­fit in­cluded Cladco Ltd based in Baronald Street, Ruther­glen and Ceil­ing to Floor Ltd lo­cated in Somervell Street, Cam­bus­lang.

They re­ceived fund­ing to al­low them to ex­pand the busi­ness and pro­vide new jobs lo­cally.

And CCG Con­struc­tion from Cam­bus­lang won the Ex­cel­lence in Young Peo­ple De­vel­op­ment Award at the La­nark­shire Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence cer­e­mony.

Phys­i­cal re­gen­er­a­tion in­cluded re­me­di­a­tion work at Shaw­field, the £ 4.5m SMART bridge link­ing Shaw­field to Dal­marnock and a shopfront im­prove­ment scheme fin­ished at Farme­cross.

Coun­cil­lor Chris Thompson Chair of En­ter­prise Ser­vices Com­mit­tee said: “Our Re­gen­er­a­tion Ser­vices team do a great job across South La­nark­shire de­liv­er­ing a di­verse range of projects and ac­tiv­ity aimed at de­vel­op­ing in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­ni­ties and in­fra­struc­ture.

“Their key ob­jec­tives in Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen, as else­where, in­clude pro­mot­ing em­ploy­ment, busi­ness growth, so­cial in­clu­sion, phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity and in­volve stong, pos­i­tive part­ner­ships with com­mu­ni­ties, vol­un­tary sec­tor bod­ies, the pri­vate sec­tor and other public or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

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