Sum­mer of fun in store for youths

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A seven-week pro­gramme to keep young peo­ple ac­tive and en­ter­tained through­out the school hol­i­days has been un­veiled by Ruther­glen Uni­ver­sal Con­nec­tions.

The youth ser­vice has at least six ac­tiv­i­ties planned every day at its Burn­hill Street out­let, as well as a weekly ex­cur­sion.

Kick­ing off on Fri­day, June 24, the sum­mer pro­gramme opens for reg­is­tra­tion at 1pm and will be fol­lowed with a disco at 6pm.

A reg­u­lar fea­ture on the pro­gramme, the Fri­day night disco will be held every sec­ond week, with Fri­day Night Fun fill­ing the gap on al­ter­nate weeks. It al­lows young peo­ple to meet with friends, so­cialise, lis­ten to mu­sic and watch movies.

Cater­ing for peo­ple of sec­ondary school age - in­clud­ing P7s who will be­gin S1 af­ter the sum­mer, - Uni­ver­sal Con­nec­tion’s sum­mer pro­gramme will host a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties at the same time each week in­clud­ing Satur­day drop in from 10.30am till 4pm.

Those in­ter­ested in cook­ing can Cook with Pamela every Fri­day at 1.30pm and re­turn to the kitchen for bak­ing ses­sions at 1.30pm on Tues­days.

The GGs, Ruther­glen Girls Group, is a busy and ex­cit­ing Tues­day night at the cen­tre, as girls so­cialise and learn new skills such as ap­ply­ing shel­lac nails.

Other weekly clubs in­clude the M Fac­tor, which is ex­clu­sively for chil­dren with ad­di­tional sup­port needs, and Young Car­ers, which is open to any­one who cares for a par­ent or sib­ling.

As well as weekly group ses­sions, Uni­ver­sal Con­nec­tions will host a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties each day in­clud­ing a wealth of arts and crafts ses­sions, where young peo­ple can make things such as man­dala sum­mer dec­o­ra­tions, sum­mer bunting, glit­ter frames, lan­yards and masks.

A pool tour­na­ment will get un­der way on Mon­day, July 4 and board games, a scav­enger hunt and play dough chal­lenge will be held over the seven weeks.

A spe­cial day of graf­fiti street art will also be held on Thurs­day, July 28, with a ses­sion at 10.30am and 1.30pm.

In ad­di­tion to daily ac­tiv­i­ties run­ning from Mon­day to Fri­day, a trip has been or­gan­ised for every Wed­nes­day of the seven weeks, with days out planned to Ed­in­burgh Dun­geons, Ed­in­burgh’s Com­bat Chal­lenge, Sky Stu­dios, Blair Drum­mond Sa­fari Park and M& Ds amuse­ment park.

Trips cost £ 3, with a spe­cial trip to Black­pool on Wed­nes­day June 29 cost­ing £20.

Tony Hutchi­son, from Uni­ver­sal Con­nec­tions, said staff were look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing young peo­ple to the cen­tre next week.

He said: “Staff lead the ma­jor­ity of ac­tiv­i­ties. We do cook­ing, work around the gar­den, arts and crafts with them and we all learn as we go.

“It is im­por­tant to us that young peo­ple learn these life skills to pro­vide in­for­mal ed­u­ca­tion.

“We are look­ing for­ward to go­ing to Black­pool Plea­sure Beach this year. The young peo­ple will be given en­try to the Plea­sure Beach and a £5 voucher for food. We will be leav­ing early in the morn­ing and they’ll have juice and snacks on the bus on the way back.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the sum­mer pro­gramme call Uni­ver­sal Con­nec­tions on 0141 6473101.

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