The work of the Cambuslang and Rutherglen Reachout Trust (CRRT) has been highlighted in the Rutherglen Reformer last week as an example of the church connecting with the youth of today, "providing vital support" for young people and being a "benefit to the community."

In the article Ross Murray and Estelle McKean, SU Scotland's Associate Workers employed by CRRT, were interviewed about the work that the Trust is currently doing in local schools, with the local council and in the community.

A large amount of their time is spent in local primary and secondary schools helping with chaplaincy work and delivering Religious Observance. Alongside this, they also spend time engaging with pupils through extra-curricular groups and lunch-time groups.

They highlighted the particular challenge for pupils moving from primary to secondary school, and how they focus on supporting pupils through this transition by being a friendly face in their new school.

Ross is also involved in running internet safety courses in the schools and with parents, and Estelle has recently been working with the South Lanarkshire council to help write their good guidance policy on Religious Observance.

The Trust was formed by local churches, and Ross and Estelle spend time supporting these churches - training leaders and helping with holiday clubs and term-time events.

"We work with the churches, and we work for them... we're very much a part of the Cambuslang and Rutherglen churches, and what they want to do in the community." Ross

Much of the work relies on a team of committed volunteers, most of whom come from the local churches and take active roles in organising and running the various events.

The Trust was the first of many partnerships that have been formed between SU Scotland and local churches as part of the Associate Worker Scheme. The scheme allows workers to be employed, helping churches to work with children and young people in their local schools.
You can read the full article on the Rutherglen Reformer's website.