The latest news from CCI.

An Amazing Summer

After a busy run up to the grand opening of CCI we were hoping to put our feet up for a few days but that just wasn’t to be! Our participants have been working as hard as ever and here is a selection of the work they have been doing this month.

  • Supporting the Forth Eco Project in preparation for Forth in Bloom.
  • Decking creation at Clearburn Park, New Lanark Trust.
  • Rhoddy Bashing at Mauldslie graveyard. *
  • Himalayan Balsam pulling along the Nethan Gorge and Holmhead for SWT.*
  • A variety of jobs at Castlebank Park and Lesmahagow Allotments.*
  • Greenspace clearing for use by St Mary’s Primary/Nursery outdoor play project. *
  • Langloch Farm - raised bed planting, vegetable growing and polytunnel development.
  • Maintenance of the Lanark Moor Sensory Garden.

Other work coming up at the end of the month includes strimming and bench installation with Friends of Stonehoue Park (*) and vegetation clearance at St Pat’s graveyard in the Dalzell Estate, Motherwell (*).

The 12 week Branching Out programme has sadly now come to an end. It has been a fantastic success, culminating in an award ceremony at the woodland site (Braehead Orchard) where participants received their John Muir Award certificates. Well done everyone! For more information please take a look at our recent Facebook post.

Last but not least our small commercial team continue to work like Trojans and have completed a number of very successful jobs including the Adopt a Station Project (see below) , pesticide spraying at Carbarns Community Woodlands and several garden tidies. This team provides a fantastic employabilty progression pathway for young people moving from Activity Agreement place-ments into Employability Fund placements (Stages 2 to 3).

* Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership

The Official Opening itself was a roaring success and all staff, participants, volunteers, supporter and invited guests had a day they will never forget - especially the ice cream! Huge thanks to everyone who joined us on the day.

As many of you will know, back in 2014 CCI were lucky enough to win a strip sponsorship raffle for local boys club Kirkfield United’s 2005’s Team. The boys proudly wore their CCI strips at league matches and tournaments for two years but unfortunately have now outgrown them. The amazing news is that Kirkfield United’s club chairman arranged for some old strips to be sent to school children in Malawi and yes CCI strips have now been adopted as official strips of the St John Bosco School in Champhira, Malawi!!!

CCI and our excellent partners have been shortlisted in not one but two categories in the Community Rail Awards. We have been shortlisted in the Involving Diverse Groups category for the work we have delivered in partnership with the Albion Rovers Buddy Group at Coatdyke Station, and also in the Outstanding Teamwork category for our work with our NHS Partners across Lanarkshire as part of the Adopt a Station project.

All in all a very busy and amazing Summer!


New Challenges - New Opportunities


August has arrived and for a few days the sun has been out. We have seen major changes within CCI Scotland this month with staff moving on and new staff arriving. Welcome aboard David Curtis! I’m sure you will be a great asset to CCI.
So we now have Leigh, David and John charging on through the outstanding works with the backup of myself when they need it.
We have been making good progress and Auchlochan Village, working for Clark Contracts and have left a good impression with their site agents and staff.

We have also been up at Buckstone Primary to install a tricky astro-turf mound. Well done guys! Also at Parkhead to work on signage for a skate park.

New and exciting times are ahead with new faces and opportunities. Keep up the good work everyone. Well done.


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