Updated: Jan 17, 2020
Brighter Baillieston is a community group set up by residents to focus on and work together towards the betterment of Baillieston.
The Junior Youth Club section of the group has been going from strength to strength in particular since a Lottery Grant came their way.
They were initially a pilot scheme for ten weeks in January 2019 under the guidance of FUSE. The driving force behind the Youth Club Under are volunteers Chloe, Sonya and Suzanne. The three provide a safe environment for over thirty children every Tuesday evening from 4.30pm to 6.30pm at St Bridget’s Lady Hall on Camp Road. Their infectious enthusiasm for the project is there for all to see.
Chloe said “New friendships are made, barriers are broken and we provide activities like
cooking which they might not have experienced before. We also provide healthy snacks to hopefully put the children on the right track to a healthy lifestyle.
“I absolutely love what I do, and getting to spend it with the best team in the world makes it even better. Being able to make a difference to people’s lives is the most amazing feeling ever!
“We are extremely fortunate in that Father Devlin gives us the use of the hall free and the £5,500 grant from the Lottery in September means we have been able to provide equipment for the use of the children who are aged Primary 4 - 7.”
Group Chairman Stephen Love, who is also Chairman of Baillieston Community Council, is rightly proud of the opportunities being provided at the Youth Club.
Stephen said “All the volunteers have done a remarkable job with the young children and they are the future adults of Baillieston, who hopefully can continue to improve the community.
“For 2020 we have major plans for the community as more and more residents are buying into the project and hopefully with more funding being made available, we can really make a difference.”
For more information about Brighter Baillieston, join their group on Facebook.