Support group enjoys celebrations

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THE Jack and Jill Group rounded off the year in style with a Christmas party in Orbiston YMCA.

The Bellshill-based group provides support to parents and carers of children with special needs throughout the area and celebrates its 21st birthday this year.

It meets on Thursdays from 10am to noon during term time and throughout the school holiday periods it meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, offering older siblings the opportunity to join in the activities.

A recent bagpacking event at the Asda store in Motherwell raised around £1,100 and a further £400 was donated to group funds by Strathclyde Fire & Rescue (Bellshill Station).

North Lanarkshire Council community learning and development worker Irene Lester said: “All members actively contribute to the aims and objectives of the group. Given the times we are in, this group can be the only source of support for some parents/carers, reducing their feelings of isolation”