Clydesdale Community Initiatives Annual Public Meeting and Participant Awards were held on 5th September 2014 in the Tolbooth, Lanark with no fewer than 18 CCI participants and volunteers receiving certificates.
This year many additional training opportunities were created due to partnership with Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) which is a Heritage Lottery Funded initiative aiming to conserve, enhance and celebrate the unique landscape and cultural heritage of the Clyde and Avon Valley. These sessions, included Lantra Certified training (ranging from, Wood Chipper, Chainsaw Operation and Maintenance, Spraying Certification, Brushcutter and Strimmer courses) were made available to individuals volunteering with CCI and other voluntary organisations throughout the CAVLP area. CCI were able to match fund these sessions thanks to funding through Scottish Government People and Communities Fund.
Alongside the certified sessions, employability skills training was delivered by CCI on subjects such as drystane dyking, hedge-laying, path surveying and green woodworking.
In his speech Managing Director Niall McShannon stated “I am always amazed by the enthusiasm and commitment shown by our participants and would like to congratulate them on all their achievements this year. Each and every certificate is thoroughly well deserved.”
Clydesdale Community Initiatives was initially set-up in 2002 to enable young people at risk and adults with mental health issues to develop a derelict site in Lanark, South Lanarkshire. This project was so successful, with both groups gaining exceptional skills and confidence from their involvement, that it was decided they would undertake further projects.