Boys making commitment to community

Members of 13th Motherwell BB at work in the garden of Ailsa Nursery.
Members of 13th Motherwell BB at work in the garden of Ailsa Nursery.

This session the Boys’ Brigade in Scotland has challenged every Company to make a difference in their communities focusing on a week of social action.

This is a nationally coordinated initiative with a truly local impact and a few of the Companies have already risen to the challenge.

19th Motherwell, based at St Margaret’s Church in Muirhouse, are supporting the Wishaw Project to send aid to the refugee camps in Calais.

One of the boys in the Company, Taylor Strang (14), said: “We saw people in our area immediately respond to send help to Calais and we wanted to be part of it”.

Boys from 13th Motherwell from St Mary’s Church in Motherwell are working towards their Queen’s Badge and community service is a requirement to gain that award.

Requirement or not, these young men set to work in the community garden at Ailsa Nursery in North Motherwell.

The staff at the Ailsa Nursery were absolutely delighted by the results of the hard work of the BB lads. As well as tidying the garden the youngsters created games in the playground for the kids to enjoy.

2nd/4th Motherwell, based at Dalziel St Andrew’s Church in Motherwell town centre have set up an exciting project in Forgewood, part of the church parish.

The Company now has a partnership with Forge Ahead Community Volunteers and the Queen’s Badge candidates from 2nd/4th kicked off their volunteering at the Forgewood Community Centre information event in Braidhurst High.

Ian Moore (16), a senior boy in the Company, said: “You get such a sense of achievement when helping out the community especially when it’s the local community and it was fun just to help out and see everyone enjoy themselves and know it’s going to a good cause.”

September is an exciting time for many boys in Motherwell and Bellshill because it means the Boys’ Brigade Companies are back in action.

The Anchor Section is for boys aged 5 to 7 and their programme is a dynamic mix of games, music and crafts.

The Junior Section is for boys aged 8 to 11 who are encouraged to work through the Achievement Scheme and a gain a series of badges, culminating in the Gold Award.

The Company Section and Senior Section is for boys aged 12 to 18 and they take part in a balanced programme of adventure, interest, physical and Christian faith activities.

The ultimate achievement is the Queen’s Badge and some young men also choose to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

For more information visit the Motherwell, Bellshill and District Battalion website or find them on Facebook.