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Local MSP Clare Haughey has called on parents and carers from Rutherglen and Cambuslang to get involved with Camglen Buddies, a local charity set up to reduce isolation and promote social interaction for young people with additional needs.

The group meet every second Friday between 7pm and 9pm in the Harry Heaney Resource Centre at Carrick Drive, Spittal – the next being the 24th November. On each night, the group along with support workers organise different activities to entertain the club attendees and to give the service users the opportunity to socialise with others in a safe and welcoming environment. The club also arrange outings to places like the cinema and bowling, and hold special parties throughout the year.

Camglen Buddies currently share the Harry Heaney Centre with other organisations but they are in the process of applying for funding so they can expand their service into a building of their own.

Commenting, Camglen Buddies chair Mary McLaughlin said:

“Since the group started in 2015, we have watched Camglen Buddies grow from having only a handful of members to one which helps around 30 young adults per night.

“We believe our members should lead a positive and happy life. This should be one where they are able to have the same life chances that any other individual would have – and we committed to making this happen”.

The group’s treasurer Jacqueline Mount added:

“Through Camglen Buddies, our members are able to forge new friendships and we help them strengthen the ones they already have. From the conversations we have with parents and carers from Rutherglen and Cambuslang, our service is vital to their young adults.

“We have a great team of helpers and our members are great fun, so please get in touch. Whether you would drop off your young adult or even stay and chat with others, there is something to be had by all.”

Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:

“I was delighted to accept an invitation to meet with Camglen Buddies. They are a great charity who do invaluable work in my constituency.

“Many young adults with additional support needs don’t get the social interaction that they require, so local organisations like this are a great way of making new friends.

“They are a great group and I thoroughly recommend getting in touch with them, if you think the service may be of interest to you.”



Below is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP with Camglen Buddies.

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Date published: 20th November 2017

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