The latest news from CCI.

The fantastic weather so far this October has helped us to get on with lots of jobs.
The monthly Maudslie Woods conservation/forest management group worked hard on rhoddy bashing and burning (helped along by tea and banter!)
Our volunteers have helped the Clyde Valley Orchard Group to map the heritage orchards as well as pick the apples for pasturising to make apple juice.
Friends of Stonehouse Park were delighted with our participants as they managed to clear their entire path network which was a brilliant achievement.
Our soft landscaping team have made a good start on the replanting of Scotrail stations for the Scotrail Adopt a Station Project.
Other jobs in the community included Castlebank Park, Lanark Moor Sensory Garden, willow maintenance at Braehead Orchard, the Forth Eco Project and our weekly school programme (run in partnership with Castlebank Park).

Here is some recent feedback from a teacher at Lanark Grammar.
 ‘All our pupils have increased confidence. Some of them have also increased confidence with mobility issues and sensory issues, which has purely come from the experience. Pupils have achieved a SALTIRE Award from the Scottish Government in recognition of their community involvement through the work we have done at CCI.’

We are still harvesting many vegetables and look forward to making pumpkin soup for Halloween!

We all had a great evening at our Public Meeting on 7th October and this was a chance to reflect on, and celebrate, the success of the organisation since the move to Langloch. Among those participants recognised at the meeting for their contribution was Alex Crossan, who was named CCI Volunteer of the Year – Congratulations, Alex on a well-deserved award. Thanks to all staff participants and supporters who came along. We also officially launched our Friends of CCI Group and have had a brilliant response so far with over 50 members already.  Members packs will be with you all very soon! Huge thanks to everyone who has supported this to date.

Eleanor’s recent West Highland Way Walk has now raised a massive £1219.34. Again sincere thanks to Eleanor and everyone who has donated to date. 
We had a great evening at the Diversity Awards on Thursday 13th October. We didn’t come home with the award for Diverse Social Enterprise on the night, but we are delighted to have been shortlisted and would like to extend a big thanks to all CCI participants, volunteers, staff and board members for all their hard work.
CCI are nominated for Social Enterprise of the Year in the Social Enterprise Scotland Awards. Fingers crossed for success on the night!

Thanks, also, to everyone who came along to Lanark Moor Sensory Garden on Saturday 8th October, giving of their time to help tidy the garden, and donating plants. A good time was had by all, and the coveted Golden Wellie, first prize in the ‘Wellie Wanging’ contest, was scooped by Nessa McShannon – Congratulations!

What a busy month it has been so far! Exciting times as the guys have been working for new contracts with ESH Construction. We have 3 large school projects lined up over the next few months with ESH and a huge opportunity to make a lasting impression. Massive thank you to Leigh, David and John for showing their loyalty to CCI and for all their hard work over the month so far both on the ESH sites and the Private Works we have completed also.
All three have really stepped up to the mark and delivered a top quality job at  Broxburn Primary School. Well Done lads!  I’m really proud of you all, keep up the great work.
With the passing of CPCS, Abrasive wheels and CAT Scans certificates over the last month we are in a great positon to secure more work for the future. Happy Days!

Quote of the Month: "  Tough times dont last, Tough teams do ! "  Anon


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