Since taking up post in September 2020, Irina, the CNS Local Coordinator for Rigside, has focused on establishing relationships with partners and providers already working in the area.
Irina has built a positive relationship with the team at Rigside Primary School. The CNS Capabilities research will build on the existing pupil voice focus, and is due to commence in Spring 2021.
A photography project with Primary 6/7 pupils was planned to create a ‘postcard from Rigside’. Although this was postponed due to the lockdown, it will be restarted when restrictions ease.
Irina is working with the school’s STEM Coordinator to create a proposal for a ‘growing together’ project, which will improve the learning environment and enable the children to take their learning outdoors. This project will be supported by Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI), a local farm-based social enterprise who support people who face barriers to inclusion.
Irina has also assisted with the running of the community food larder, which is coordinated by Healthy Valleys, and hosted in the community hall. CNS is seeking to establish a Clydesdale Valley Food Providers Network, which will create a space for organisations with an interest in this area to share practice and consider longer-term, sustainable approaches to food provision.