Summer Fair at Boclair Academy for Enable

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The Bearsden and Milngavie branch of the charity Enable was on the verge of closing last year but they have since turned things around.

This is largely down to their decision at the beginning of last year to employ a branch co-ordinator for ten hours per week.

Since then the branch co-ordinator Paula Larkin, and a small group of volunteers and members have provided an extended programme of outdoor and cultural activities and training for members.

Some of their achievements include securing funding and purchasing a laptop and digital camera to use on trips and at training days.

Paula Larkin said: “The laptop and camera meant that we were able to show the wider group of members how much people enjoyed the activities and the laptop is useful for meetings and training days.

“Learning disabled members have been able to take part in loads of activities such as a binocular workshop at Mugdock Country Park, cycling at Glasgow Green, a visit to Culzean Castle and Croy Bay, The Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel and most recently Castle Semple and Wemyss Bay.”

With funds from Comic Relief they are currently organising a weekly exercise class to start in the autumn, music workshops and textile workshops with the Rags to Riches upcycling project in Glasgow.

The branch, with Key Housing, will also be opening a three bedroom lodge at Park Dean Holiday Park in Wemyss Bay. It will be fully equipped for people with the most complex of needs.

The branch is holding a summer fair on Saturday, August 1 from 12pm-3pm at Boclair Academy, Inveroran Drive, Bearsden. There will be homebaking, facepainting, tea/coffee, raffle, potted plants, organic veg, bouncy castle, potted plants, arts and crafts.