Fundraising plans for community’s future
Flemington Hallside Church have started fundraising to ensure their youth and community project can continue.
For the past four years Alison Kennedy has worked with the church’s youth groups and with schools in the local area to help youngsters throughout Halfway and beyond.
Now the church are aiming to raise funds to ensure the youth project can continue.
Already a group from the church will tackle the Troon 10K on May 3, 2017, with all the money raised going towards the youth project.
Flemington Hallside minister Neil Glover said: “Cambuslang has one of the highest amounts of young people in the whole of Lanarkshire.
“If they’re in the community we want to support them.
“Often kids can have challenges going on in their lives and we want to help them on their journey into young adults.
“In the past we’ve had funding from the Church of Scotland, the Robertson Trust and now we’re looking for funding to sustain the project.
“We’ve had funding from local businesses, from members of the church and now we have a Justgiving page.
“A lot of grant funding will fund you for a certain amount of time, but when that ends you have to go elsewhere, so we have two thirds of the money in place and now we need to find the last third.”
Neil believes that the youth of Cambuslang can do great things, and the church’’s project can help them on their way.
He said: “We see kids in the area who are doing fantastic and amazing things in their lives.
“Sometimes young people have to deal with bad situations that adults have put them into, but the church benefits hugely from having them as part of our lives, because they bring a lot of energy and laughter.
“At the heart of that is Alison, who does a fantastic job. She has won the trust of a lot of the kids here.”
The church will also heavily involve their young people this weekend, when they celebrate the second anniversary of their Stand Up For Sunday initiative.
These services are entirely led by the church’s youth.
Neil added: “The whole service, from the sermon to reading the bibles to the music, is done by young people. It’s a brilliant way of involving them in the life of the church.
“They will speak about different experiences in their lives and it’s fantastic for them to talk about the challenges they face.”
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We want to help them on their journey into young adults
Helping Out Alison Kennedy, pictured with Andrew Rooney at a church event