Sanctuary helps high school pupils experience nature

The pupils enjoying the great outdoors.

A LEADING housing provider is helping North Lanarkshire teens enjoy the great outdoors.

Cumbernauld Living Landscape is using grants from Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association and the Heritage Lottery Fund to get S4 pupils from St Maurice’s High School into the town’s green space.

The Natural Connections project enables hard-to-reach teenagers to experience something other than academia. Workshops include woodcarving and cooking outdoors.

Tracy Lambert, Cumbernauld Living Landscape’s community engagement officer, said: “We’ve seen a massive change in the pupils’ maturity, their confidence levels have increased, and their ability for team working and independent working has been incredible.

“It’s been really good to hear we’ve had some really successful students going on to positive destinations. For us that’s a win, it’s absolutely brilliant.”

Mrs Lynas, Prince’s Trust adviser at St Maurice’s High School, said: “The project has had a very positive impact on the pupils’ lives.

“They’ve got a better appreciation of the environment that they live in and a better appreciation of Cumbernauld.

“Being out the classroom and getting fresh air has benefitted their mental health and their physical health as well.

“Getting the grant from Sanctuary really has helped. The school is going to use all of the equipment to encourage other departments, whole school events, to take the kids outside to this wonderful area.”

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