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Launching The 3Bs - a Bite, Blether & Bingo! As our regular readers will know, Volunteering is at the heart of our personal capacity building programme “The Only Way Is Up.” Our latest venture at the Maureen Cope Community Hall builds on this strong volunteering tradition and we were delighted to recently launch the “3 Bs” – otherwise known as a “Bite, Blether & Bingo.” “The 3Bs” is an intergenerational programme, which means that it has been designed to bring together different age groups from across our community; the format has been developed in partnership with Castlemilk High School, our volunteers at the Maureen Cope Community Hall and a group of our Younger at Heart residents.
managing our Tenants’ Events programmes for a number of years now. As you will see from the photos, everyone involved enjoyed the afternoon and most even learned something new about our national patron, St. Andrew – which was the blether topic for the first session.
“The 3Bs” will see 1st year pupils develop their learning by working together to plan and deliver a monthly intergenerational event. There are several aims of the programme, including the building of positive relationships and the development of organisational and interpersonal skills. Researching the “Blether” topic will be another important activity and, above all, having fun and delivering a positive experience for all involved is a must!
We were also pleased to welcome BBC Reporting Scotland’s Laura Bicker and her team who filmed the event as part of an investigation into community based responses to Welfare Reform. Laura interviewed our volunteers and our Regeneration Officer, Fiona McGovern, about their experiences of The Only Way is Up (Skills for Your Future) to find out about our approach and personalised delivery model. The footage was aired on Wednesday 26th November as part of a report on the Smith Commission, and has been very warmly received by local residents and partners alike. Thanks to all who have left messages of support!
Our young volunteers are learning from the best – as they are being mentored by participants from the Only Way Is Up; this includes members of our Social Committee who, of course, have been
Just a final word of “thanks” to our fantastic volunteers and the wonderful team from Castlemilk High, led by Mr Munro. Although we can’t guarantee the “limelight” every time we meet, we can be sure that the partnership delivering “The 3Bs” will be working hard to organise another enjoyable get together in the New Year – see you then!
Ardenglen wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year