Like a rolling stone

New project among sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties

Rutherglen Reformer - - Summer Fan - Jonathan Ged­des

A Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang char­ity is hop­ing to en­cour­age local young­sters to make more use of the area’s green space over the sum­mer.

Project 31 have un­veiled the de­tails of their sum­mer pro­gramme of events.

More than 80 ses­sions will take place over the com­ing months, while the group is launch­ing their Sum­mer Stone project too.

This will see hun­dreds of hand­painted stones hid­den in parks, grassy ar­eas and com­mu­nity gardens.

Project 31’s Lorna Bam­ford said: “The idea came from a gift my own son re­ceived from a friend.

“He had found a stone which looked ex­actly like our dog and passed it on to my son for his birth­day.

“It’s now a trea­sured pos­ses­sion and led to lots of stone hunt­ing to see what else could be found.

“We thought this was a fan­tas­tic way to get peo­ple out in their local area, per­haps ex­plor­ing places they haven’t been, meet­ing new peo­ple and pos­si­bly dis­cov­er­ing a stone lov­ingly painted by one of our staff or vol­un­teers.

“It’s like a su­per low- tech Pokemon Go but we hope it will en­cour­age peo­ple to be out and ac­tive over the school sum­mer hol­i­days.”

Stones will start to be hid­den from the first day of the school hol­i­days and Project 31 will en­cour­age stone fin­ders to share their dis­cov­er­ies through so­cial me­dia not only to cel­e­brate their dis­cov­er­ies but also to tip oth­ers off to where stones may be hid­den.

The group have also an­nounced de­tails of their sum­mer fun pro­gramme.

Ac­tiv­i­ties are suit­able for chil­dren aged 0-12 years and this sum­mer’s weekly themes in­clude school’s out for sum­mer; su­per­heroes; re­duce, re-use, re­cy­cle; love your park; there’s no busi­ness like show busi­ness and pi­rates and princesses.

New for this sum­mer is the ad­di­tion of the project’s ever pop­u­lar for­est school for Kids ses­sions which nor­mally take place on Satur­days.

Lorna added: ‘We’re so look­ing for­ward to an­other fun packed sum­mer in Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen.

“We’ll be do­ing ev­ery­thing from rais­ing but­ter­flies to per­form­ing with pup­pets in the Cam­bus­lang Park am­phithe­atre.

“The sum­mer is such a great time for chil­dren, friends and families to make mem­o­ries that last a life­time and there are lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties within our hol­i­day pro­gramme to do that.

“As al­ways our ac­tiv­i­ties are to­tally free of charge mak­ing them ac­ces­si­ble to all so we’re hop­ing to see lots of new families com­ing along as well as lots of our reg­u­lar Project 31 friends.”

More in­for­ma­tion can be found by vis­it­ing Project 31’s Face­book page or by phoning 0141 643 2232.

Sum­mer Fun The Project 31 group at a pre­vi­ous event

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