Summer 2014

Here is a copy of the summer programme we are running for 9-18 year olds this year. Lots to get excited about. Full day activities at local community centres as well as trips away to some action packed locations.

Summer Flyers

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Raft Building

James Hamilton Heritage park had a lovely visit from the Machan Trust on Monday the 5th of May the young children all had a fantastic time and enjoyed it very much, the best part of this full experience was when the kids all set aside there differences and worked together to create and build the raft. Well done to all the kids who took part!

The kids working hard on building their raft

The kids working hard on building their raft

Raft Building

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The Machan Trust Anti-Sectarianism Concert

All the P7 classes from Larkhall’s 10 primary schools worked with professional song writers to devise their own songs to battle sectarianism in the town. The message was clear and the intentions were honest, we’re proud of the work the children and here are some highlights to enjoy. If you would like a copy of the album to hear the songs then please call the office on 01698 305674 and we can make arrangements.

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Easter Program

Easter Consent Form

That is the first week of the Easter program finished with but don’t worry folks we still have a EGG-Citing week planned for next week, if you wish for you’re son or daughter to take part and are in P5 and up, then please feel free to print off the permission slip, fill it in and have you’re child bring it on any the activities that are taking place next week.

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Volunteer Training Day – Nov 2013

ice breaker ketso matsAt the beginning of November the Machan Trust held a training day for all volunteers in the Shawlands Hotel, Larkhall. There were a good number of volunteers attended and there was a lot of laughter with the ice breakers at the beginning of the day.

We had a session of Ketso Mats which Robin Jamieson facilitated for us and we also looked at Challenging Behaviours in Children and what are our issues are and how can we address them.  Following feedback on this session we have decided to look at this subject in more detail and will arrange a session solely for this early in 2014.

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Saltire Awards 2013

1381839_699403056737251_493091720_nIn October 2013, 22 of our young volunteers who have signed up for the Saltire Awards scheme were invited to South Lanarkshire Council’s Banqueting Hall in Hamilton to receive their volunteering hour’s certificates.

 These certificates are for 20/50/100/200/500 hours.  Two of our volunteers received the highest award of 500 hours, well done Lauren Stokes and Caitlin O’Donnell.

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Summer Volunteer Event

Our annual volunteer summer event was held in June 2013. A garden party for all our volunteers was held in the grounds of Hamilton Hall, Dalserf.    Lots of sandwiches, cream scones and cakes were consumed. The weather was glorious and everyone had lots of fun in the sun.

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volunteer update

In 2013 volunteers had a busy year with 5035 hours completed by 125 volunteers, the activities included arts and crafts, after school clubs, breakfast clubs, sport groups, fund raising, office duties and residential weekends. The Machan Trust is committed to ensuring that all volunteers have the training they require and would benefit from. In 2013 all volunteers had the opportunity take part in First Aid/Safeguarding Children/SFA Coaching/Elementary Food Hygiene/Challenging Behaviours in Children.

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Spring Clean

As part of the Keep Scotland Beautiful Campaign, The Machan Trust’s Spring Clean  takes place on the dates below.   We are looking for volunteers to assist with this event alongside our Youth Workers to help pick up litter and tidy up the local communities. We would greatly appreciate local support and encourage you to come along and give a helping hand.

Date          . Primary School   . Time                   . Date              . Primary School        . Time                      .
17/03/14 Netherburn 1:30 – 2:30pm 26/03/14 Stonehouse 1:30 – 2:30pm
19/03/14 Craigbank 3 – 4pm 27/03/14 Newfield 11 – 12:30pm
20/03/14 Glengowan 1:30 – 2:30pm 28/03/14 Machanhill 1:30 – 2:30pm
24/03/14 Hareleeshill 3 – 4pm 31/03/14 Roberts Smilie 1:30 – 2:3...
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Weekly Events

The Machan trust groups are all on as normal this week.

Including The Gardening Group on Wednesday at Chalmers Church 4.30-6pm. This re-launched last week after its winter break. We look forward to seeing bright flowers and plants appear throughout the spring and summer period because of the hard work of community members.

Can’t wait to see everyone’s smiling faces this week.

Love and Respect

The Machan Trust

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