Sanctuary gives Pollok’s children chance to play

The children preparing and eating fruit kebabs

Sanctuary Scotland has helped fund after-school clubs in two of Scotland’s most deprived communities.

The affordable housing provider teamed up with Inspiring Scotland and the Jeely Piece Club to provide a free service in Priesthill and Househillwood, Glasgow.

Each session has been attended by up to 74 children since the clubs began in January.

Grace Lamont, the Jeely Piece Club’s head of play, said: “Priesthill and Househillwood have had the highest number of people attending and that is thanks to folks like Sanctuary.

“The clubs have helped to build children’s self-esteem and encouraged them to interact with children they wouldn’t normally come across.

“It gives parents peace of mind their children are in a safe environment, they’re having fun and they’re thoroughly exhausted after it. That’s got to benefit a family.”

Children playing in Priesthill

The session on 31 March will use up the last of the project’s funding, meaning the clubs face an uncertain future.

Irene McKean is among a number of local parents being trained in the hope the after-school clubs can continue.

Irene, a Sanctuary Scotland tenant, said: “It’s a fantastic wee club, it’s great fun and it’s created a great community feeling.”

A short YouTube film on the project's impact can be viewed below or by clicking on our YouTube link.