Healthy living is on the menu at YMCA

Anne Clyde from UKSE (with the ball) and Bellshill YMCA project manager Stephen Henderson to the left of her, along with some of the local youngsters who're using the service
Anne Clyde from UKSE (with the ball) and Bellshill YMCA project manager Stephen Henderson to the left of her, along with some of the local youngsters who're using the service

Healthy living is centre stage at Bellshill and Mossend YMCA, thanks to support from the Big Lottery and the UK Steel Enterprise.

The health and wellbeing service is designed to equip young people with the information, confidence, skills and ability to make positive health and life choices.

The programme will tackle the variety of issues including self-esteem, motivation, body image, health, nutrition and fitness.

Finance was gained through Lottery’s Young Start programme and now the initiative has been given extra bounce with a £2,100 donation from UK Steel to help with team sports run by the young people themselves.

Activities include football, dancing, basketball, badminton, table tennis, martial arts, gym sessions and outdoor exercises.

Specialist guidance and support will be provided by NHS Lanarkshire and NLC Community Learning and Development on quitting smoking, sexual health, anti-sectarianism and the prevention of knife crime as well as hosting cookery classes.

UKSE was set up to help community initiatives operating in former steel producing areas, boost the local economy and create jobs. The funding to the YMCA will allow recruitment, training and support for 12 volunteers and peer educators between 11 and 24 years old.

Project manager Stephen Henderson said: “The support from UKSE has strengthened and enhanced the services we offer, allowing us to provide additional activities for young people and helps youngsters build confidence and self esteem.”

Anne Clyde, regional manager at UKSE, said: “The YMCA in Bellshill does fantastic work providing shelter, advice and support to some of the most deprived young people in the community, offering young people guidance and opportunities to be active.”