Men­tal health project wins school’s cash

Pupils com­pete for cho­sen causes

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A men­tal health char­ity has been handed a ma­jor cash boost thanks to en­ter­pris­ing stu­dents at Cathkin High.

The Chill Out Club of­fers stim­u­lat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and in­ter­ac­tion to peo­ple suffering men­tal health prob­lems.

It was one of seven fi­nal­ists in Cathkin’s an­nual Youth Phi­lan­thropy Ini­tia­tive (YPI), which was held in the school’s street area.

S4 pupils con­sider so­cial is­sues within the com­mu­nity and iden­tify grass roots char­i­ties that help peo­ple deal with those is­sues.

The whole of S4 be­gan the course by iden­ti­fy­ing a char­ity that helps peo­ple in their com­mu­nity and re­searched the vi­a­bil­ity of the char­ity. They looked at the num­ber of em­ploy­ees, over­heads, where money is spent and the ra­tio of wages to char­i­ta­ble work.

Pupils then pre­sented their find­ings and a case for their cho­sen char­ity to re­ceive £3000.

Katy Mullen, Kirstin Gannon, Amy Ward, Lucy McLean and Gemma Harbin­son were the over­all win­ners after re­search­ing the Chill Out Club.

Katy said: “I re­ally en­joyed vis­it­ing the char­ity and see­ing how the char­ity is a huge ben­e­fit to those who are strug­gling with men­tal health con­cerns.”

Gemma added: “We were speech­less when our char­ity was an­nounced. We felt that the char­ity re­ally ad­dressed the is­sues sur­round­ing men­tal health and dealt with them in a fan­tas­tic and in­for­mal man­ner.”

Gina Gor­don, chair­per­son of the char­ity, said: “The girls were fan­tas­tic and we are over the Moon to have won.

“The money will go such a long way to reach more peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues to give them bet­ter life chances.

“It’s un­be­liev­able to have won the much-needed money and we will use it to buy more re­sources, pro­vide more ac­tiv­i­ties and hope­fully of­fer an­other ses­sion to aid those with men­tal health is­sues.”

The con­test was judged by Provost Ian McAl­lan, Frances Swin­bourne, the se­nior man­ager of pupil sup­port for Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen, Alis­tair Cairns from YPI, Cathkin head­teacher Mrs McNair and last year’s win­ners Christo­pher Cuth­bert­son, Graeme Gibb and Scott Robertson Tweedie.

Teacher Mrs Payne said: “Pupils par­tic­i­pat­ing in our YPI ini­tia­tive con­tinue to im­press and amaze.

“We are fiercely proud of the hard work and com­mit­ment that our young peo­ple ded­i­cate to the project and the dif­fer­ence they are mak­ing within their com­mu­nity.

“The over­all win­ners have re­ally shone.”

The girls were fan­tas­tic and we are over the Moon to have won

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