Attendees: Suzie McCheyne- Development Officer, Diane Whateley- Secretary, Nigel Wunsch-Vice Chair, Cambuslang Rotary, Eugenie Aroutcheff- Grow 73, Jim Bolton- Rutherglen CC, John Wilson- Scotrail ,Matthew Worman- Avanti, Alex Bray-Cross Country, Caroline Thompson Noble … CRN, Diane and Kieran Wyse…..-Scottish Autistic Consultants.
Apologies: Lynn Keir- Treasurer,
Development Officer Update
- Greening CamGlen Network-growing wheat in stalled S.L Railway spaces- volunteers required.
- Autism- inclusivity for all neurodiverse conditions; two sources of funding for the travelling classrooms initiative- Scotrail and Cross Country. Arlene Dickson (Samaritans) suggested secondary pupils could help with this a part of the Saltire / Duke of Edinburgh awards.
- Newton station- primary school planning planting veg to produce soup in the Autumn; travel plan and accessibility still ongoing.
- Motherwell Station- Green space adjacent discussed with N Lanarkshire council- considering some sort of autism space/ refurbishment- occupational health is involved.
- A development day for the Trustees/committee is proposed.
- A spot at CamGlen radio for DGW and SMcC to be arranged to generate more volunteers.
Hope in Hamilton Update
Everything is ready except the final landlord’s consent; Local MSP, Christine McKelvie is interested and has written a letter of support.
- Samaritans @ Glasgow Central- Blue Monday. Will involve MSPs, Rob Kelly- Public Health Scotland, Alan Brooking- Network Rail, Scotrail safety team- community events at Inverness and Edinburgh.
- Autism Motherwell- focus on adults- training opportunities eg pilots, train drivers
- Caroline- Newton station access is currently dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. Paths for all, South Lanarkshire council and Scotrail are in discussion about the issue.
- Alex Bray-there are funds remaining in the current budget for CRPs, but uncertain about the situation for next year.
- John Wilson-there are still project funds available for CRPs until April 23
- Eugenie- Grow 73- 16 partners involved in Greening Camglen. Collaboration makes funding applications easier. LEAP is involved in the anti-poverty network as food bank use has increased by 25-30% as there is increased demand from people in jobs. Need for more local growing to grow food for the local community. As horticultural colleges seem to be closing down, Grow 73 could get involved/help with school leavers. Rutherglen station mural has been touched up by art students. It is gratifying to note that it has never been vandalised.
Next meeting: 21/02/23 @2.30pm @ LEAP café, Cambuslang