Break­fast club is a mas­sive hit

We pay a visit to project aim­ing to start the day right

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Over 100 peo­ple turned out to the Big Free Break­fast in Ruther­glen last week - as Uni­ver­sal Con­nec­tions brought a lit­tle magic to the din­ner ta­ble.

The youth project has spent the sum­mer open­ing its doors to the whole com­mu­nity, of­fer­ing free break­fast to peo­ple of all ages three morn­ings a week.

And last Wed­nes­day, the or­gan­i­sa­tion cel­e­brated the mid way point in the ini­tia­tive with a feast of rolls and a healthy help­ing of magic.

Staff and vol­un­teers served up rolls with ba­con, sausages and eggs be­fore ma­gi­cian Gary Dunn de­lighted young­sters and adults alike with his ever-pop­u­lar show.

The en­ter­tainer made a stop in Burn­hill be­fore he took up res­i­dency at the Edinburgh Fes­ti­val.

Vic­to­ria Bar­nett of Uni­ver­sal Con­nec­tions, who or­gan­ised the Big Free Break­fast, said: “The idea of the break­fast club is to bring the whole com­mu­nity to­gether.

“Some of the kids get break­fast at school which they miss over the sum­mer. We fig­ured that by run­ning the club they would get that great start to the day. There was clearly a gap there to do that.

“We are aware of the lo­cal sta­tis­tics, there are pock­ets of poverty in the area, but it is not about money, for peo­ple it is about getting out and peo­ple getting to know each other.

“What we want is peo­ple of all ages to come and see what it is that we do here.”

Ex­plain­ing Uni­ver­sal Con­nec­tions is open ev­ery week day and typ­i­cally caters for young peo­ple of sec­ondary school age up to 25 years old, Vic­to­ria said the club had a packed sched­ule of ac­tiv­i­ties planned over the sum­mer, as well as trips away.

“This is the time we are open­ing it up for ev­ery­one to come in,” Vic­to­ria added. “I would like to say a big thank you to the break­fast club vol­un­teers for com­ing in through­out the hol­i­days to run the club, and for cook­ing and serv­ing the food to­day. We couldn’t man­age with­out them.”

The break­fasts have been at­tended by peo­ple of all ages and there are ac­tiv­i­ties, such as arts and crafts for chil­dren while the adults en­joy a chat over a cuppa.

And whilst some morn­ings of the break­fast club have been quiet on the Mon­days, Tuesdays and Thurs­days they are run, the Big Free Break­fast was a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cals to learn more about it.

Par­ent Suzanne McCourt said she would def­i­nitely be back with her girls aged four and 10.

“It is my first time here,” she said. “I stay in King’s Park. We saw it ad­ver­tised on Face­book and it’s great to get out and about.

“I strug­gle to find things to do, with the two of them be­ing dif­fer­ent ages, but this is for ev­ery­one.

“We are go­ing to come next Thurs­day now that we know about it.”

Mar­garet Wright, who stays in Bankhead, took her grand­chil­dren to the Big Break­fast and said she too would be back.

“I never knew what was in here,” she said. “Some­one put it on Face­book about the ma­gi­cian. I never knew there was so much in it.

“I would come back, you are al­ways look­ing for some­thing for them to do and ev­ery­where you go costs a for­tune.”

Fel­low grand­par­ent Cary McA­teer from Burn­hill added: “I have been bring­ing my grand­daugh­ter nor­mally on a Thurs­day with my grand­son and great niece.

“The last cou­ple of weeks I came it has been quite quiet but she has en­joyed it. She re­ally looks for­ward to com­ing.

“When you’re tak­ing them any­where, like soft play, you don’t get to speak to many peo­ple, it’s just in pass­ing, but this is dif­fer­ent.”

The break­fast club will run for the re­main­der of the sum­mer hol­i­days be­tween 9.30am and 11.30am on Mon­days, Tuesdays and Thurs­days.

Any­one can at­tend, but chil­dren must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

Vol­un­teers run­ning the club have all gained their food hy­giene qual­i­fi­ca­tions and been trained in first aid.

Bread and rolls for the break­fast club are pro­vided by War­bur­tons, the meat is given by by James Camp­bell Butch­ers and ce­real is pro­vided by staff at Greggs Bak­ery.

Ma­gi­cian Gary’s show was a hit with the au­di­ence

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