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Budget boost brings out best in Cumbernauld's kids

12 March 2014

A street play project which helps develop Cumbernauld’s kids has been boosted by a £6,000 grant.

Social housing provider Sanctuary Cumbernauld gave the money to the town’s YMCA-YWCA to help fund its hugely popular Play Ranger activities.

Dozens of children attend classes held each week in two of the town’s swing parks. The free rain-or-shine sessions has given many parents of kids aged 5 – 12 the confidence to let their children play outdoors.
Play Ranger manager Alison Kane said: “The grant from Sanctuary has allowed us to engage with many more Cumbernauld kids."

“With the support of Play Rangers, children have the freedom to play in a safe environment in local parks and street corners in their own communities."

“They are less dependent on their parents or carers, have increased social skills through negotiating ideas with their peers, taking risks, and becoming more active without the need to be a fitness club member. All these skills will benefit them in later life, making them rounded, confident individuals.” 

The experienced Play Ranger team provide a wide variety of experiences both on and off-site to help children develop essential skills, including team building, problem solving and creativity.
The street play sessions take place:

  • Tuesdays, from 4pm – 5.30pm @ the swing park in Clouden Road, Kildrum
  • Thursdays, from 4pm – 5.30pm @ Sandyknowes Road play area, Carbrain.

Sanctuary Cumbernauld vice-chairman Alex Clark said: “Like the YMCA-YWCA, the Play Ranger scheme is a great asset to residents in Cumbernauld."

“We at Sanctuary are delighted to support a project that not only keeps kids amused but also helps them acquire essential life-skills.”

For more information about the Play Ranger sessions, phone the YMCA-YWCA on 01236 721382 or email info@cumbernauldy.org.uk


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