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New skills boost for Drumchapel youngsters

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A group of youngsters in Drumchapel are getting set for the world of work while offering services in the local community thanks to a funding boost from Glasgow Airport.

Over the summer, a group of 10 young people have been hard at work upgrading the Girl Guide memorial garden at Camstradden primary school, assisting elderly local residents with garden maintenance and getting their hands dirty with local ground works.

The youngsters have been volunteering as part of a skills initiative which is being run by Pineview Housing Association in partnership with charity Action for Children. The initiative encourages young people to offer their services in the local community while giving them new skills to prepare them for the world of work.

Glasgow Airport provided Pineview Housing Association with £5,500 through its FlightPath Fund to help fund the project, which is targeted at young people aged 16 -24.Pineview Housing Association Ltd was set up in 1991 and has since invested over £39.4 million in housing stock across the Pinewood, Waverley, Broadholm and Stonedyke areas of Drumchapel.

Archie Hunter, chair of Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund said: “The funding application we received from Pineview Housing Association really stood out. We were impressed to hear about the variety of activities that the youngsters would be participating in and how much help they were lending locally while also gaining new skills.

"In addition to the benefits it will bring for many in the local community, we are very keen to support innovative projects that help people towards employment. This partnership project with Action for Children offers fantastic volunteering and employment placement opportunities young people in the local area.”

Jean Black, Chair of Pineview Housing Association said “The Association is delighted to have been able to work in partnership again with Action for Children and the Glasgow Airport Flightpath Fund to deliver skills for young people and bring benefits to our local community.  The young people from Action for Children have worked tirelessly to upgrade the Girl Guide memorial garden, helping the local volunteers who look after it throughout the year.  This work has given the young people a whole host of skills that they will hopefully take with them into future employment.  Without the funding from the FlightPath, the project would not have got off the ground and we are very grateful for the generous support given.”


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