True spirit shines at St Colum­bkille’s PS

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

Cam­bus­lang will host the new base for Scot­land’s largest provider of com­mu­nity drug and al­co­hol sup­port.

Ad­dac­tion Scot­land of­fi­cially launched their South La­nark­shire ser­vice for lo­cal peo­ple af­fected by the is­sues in the Train­ing and En­ter­prise Cen­tre on 1- 15 Main Street.

They are now op­er­at­ing new adult and young peo­ple’s ser­vices from bases in Cam­bus­lang and La­nark.

Jac­que­line Baker, who is the new ser­vice’s man­ager, said: “We’re so happy to bring Ad­dac­tion Scot­land’s treat­ment and re­cov­ery ser­vices to South La­nark­shire. We’re al­ready work­ing with lots of adults and young peo­ple in the area; some who have been re­ferred by health or so­cial ser­vices and some who have self-re­ferred. The progress we’re see­ing al­ready is amaz­ing.

“Our staff are ded­i­cated to work­ing with peo­ple af­fected by drug and al­co­hol mis­use - and we all have front­line ex­pe­ri­ence from other towns and cities in Scot­land. We’re de­ter­mined to sup­port peo­ple in South La­nark­shire on their per­sonal re­cov­ery jour­neys.”

The of­fi­cial pre-Christ­mas launch cer­e­mony was at­tended by Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West MP Mar­garet Fer­rier. She added: “The work of Ad­dac­tion re­ally does save lives, and it’s a tes­ta­ment to their hard­work­ing staff that they’ve been cho­sen to pro­vide ser­vices for South La­nark­shire.” Call the group for help on 0141 328 9382.

Kind- hearted young­sters at a Ruther­glen pri­mary school showed the true spirit of Christ­mas over the fes­tive sea­son.

Pupils at St Colum­bkille’s Pri­mary took part in two ini­tia­tives that helped the home­less and those need­ing food.

They firstly took part in a help the home­less col­lec­tion, with pupils from P6 and P7 gath­er­ing 12 bin bags full of items, in­clud­ing hats, scarves, socks and gloves. They also filled eight boxes with toi­letries. Peter Rossi of the St Joseph’s (Mil­ngavie) Home­less Team col­lected all the items and dis­trib­uted them among home­less groups, in­clud­ing the Catholic City Mis­sion, the Refugees Com­mu­nity Project, the Glas­gow Win­ter Night Shel­ter and Bell­grove Hos­tel for Home­less.

Young­sters then set their sights on help­ing with the food­bank col­lec­tion, with each pupil in­vited to at­tend school in ca­sual clothes and asked to do­nate one item for the food­bank.

There was a huge re­sponse to this ap­peal, which went towards the food­bank ap­peal at St Colum­bkille’s Parish Church.

Prin­ci­pal teacher Chris Wed­lock said: “All the class teach­ers al­ways speak to the pupils about how the val­ues of Christ­mas are lov­ing and car­ing for each other, not just get­ting things for your­self.

“We make it a point of ex­plain­ing about things like food­banks so they know what they can do to help out, and that it is not just a case of bring­ing in a tin of food and then it goes away.

“We try to ex­plain the re­al­ity of what’s go­ing on and the dif­fer­ence they can make, and some­thing like the food­bank col­lec­tion shows the huge im­pact it can have. It was part of our Change for Char­ity pro­gramme, and the food­bank were de­lighted that we could help them.

“With the help the home­less col­lec­tion, the kids were bring­ing items of win­ter cloth­ing in.

Room 13 spoke at both assem­blies and gave a pre­sen­ta­tion about why they were do­ing this, and how the kids should make a dif­fer­ence, and we’re al­ways very sup­ported by the par­ents and the pupils when we do things like this. It’s all about the re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zen thing we’re try­ing to push through to the chil­dren, es­pe­cially at a time like Christ­mas.”

Help­ing out The pupils were happy to do what they could for the home­less

Do­na­tions The young­sters raised a tremen­dous amount for the food bank

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