The latest news from CCI.

A bit less Dreich in Breich!

Volunteering & Training
Well we finally got through the bleakest January in history! Our CAVLAP volunteering and training programme is going well with everything from pond clearing to archaeological surveying and outdoor first aid training. This month we have been making hazel hurdles, hosting a sawmill demo and chainsaw training plus lots more. 

The workshop has been very busy with 2 weekly school group sessions, weekly training sessions, the microbusiness pilot and all this on top of the usual work. Well done Stewart! 

Joss’s soft and hard landscaping team is also doing extremely well and we are seeing more folk getting the opportunity to learn a wide range of landscaping skills in this little team. 

Shirley has been weaving the willow to make Breich a little less dreich (as Stewart said)! 
In March we have a monthly craft session starting, more willow weaving structures to build, more planters to build for our polytunnel, more training and much preparation for the spring. With such a varied programme of activities folk are really enthusiastic about the new and improved CCI.

Our participants, mentors and staff have been working their socks off – THANK YOU!

Next job club drop in sessions will be on Wednesday 24th February: 1-3pm in the training room in the barn. All are welcome to have a chat about volunteering, college, CV’s and finding employment.
Upcoming Training Courses.
Monday 29th February – Tuesday 1st March: 2 Day Chainsaw course (cross cutting and maintenance) – FULLY BOOKED
Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th March: PA1&PA6 training – 5 spaces available
Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th March: 2 Day Chainsaw course (cross cutting and maintenance) – 2 spaces available
To enquire about any training opportunities or just to give us feedback on how we are doing, please call us on 01555 664211 or email

Wet and Wild Work

Repeat Business
While at times both our Southside Housing Association sites at Cardonald resembled water themed parks we are pleased that we managed to complete phase 1 of the Southside Housing Project keeping disruption to local residents to an absolute minimum. Huge thanks to our dedicated staff teams including our new recruits Leigh and John who had a very wet welcome! Phase two of the works which will involve planting 50 standard trees with Southside trainees is due to be completed in early March.

More repeat Business
We have now moved onto two new projects for Grounds for Learning delivering major playground projects for James Gillespie School in West Edinburgh and Bathgate Academy in West Lothian. These project incorporate some interesting design features including performance amphitheatres and human sundials. Some of the installations will be manufactured off site so thanks go to Stewart’s woodcraft team for undertaking this task.
The projects have got off to a great start and if none of our operatives are washed away in a biblical flood we are confident that we will deliver on time and budget and exceed the expectations of the client in terms of quality.

Even more repeat business!
We are looking forward to returning to Beckford Lodge in Hamilton to undertake a new project in their hospital grounds. Once again we will be working with colleagues from the forensic mental health team to provide training and engagement as part of the project delivery.

 For more details on the above projects or for any enquiries, please call us on 01555 664211 or email

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