The initial focus of work for Iain, our CNS Local Coordinator for Lanark, has been to meet with local organisations and individuals, introduce the work of CNS and discuss future opportunities to work together.
Iain has been working with the local third sector organisation, Healthy Valleys, who support the food bank in the Smyllum area of Lanark. Building on this piece of work, Iain and Healthy Valleys have secured a lease on a shop front in Smyllum. This is supporting the delivery of the foodbank and will provide a community base for CNS and Healthy Valleys to work with children and young people.
In the run up to Christmas 2020, Iain also worked with local organisations and the local social work team, to provide presents and other support to families who needed it. This collaboration will continue throughout 2021.
Iain has also worked with young people participating in local youth provider, Universal Connections, winter school leavers’ programme. Their feedback is helping Iain to develop relevant activities and projects for young people in the area. He is working with the South Lanarkshire Active Schools Team, and the Outdoor Team, to offer outdoor play, sports and wellbeing activities to young people.
The CNS Capabilities Research is underway in the Lanark schools and the results, while driving Iain’s work in the area, will also enhance the voices of children and young people in achieving change in their local community.