Helping St Maurice’s High pupils get in touch with nature

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Pupils from St Maurice’s High School are being helped to enjoy the great outdoors thanks to funding from Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The partner organisations have funded equipment for use in Cumbernauld Living Landscape’s Natural Connections project which works with teenagers in areas away from academia, with workshops in subjects such as woodcarving and outdoor cooking.

Cumbernauld Living Landscape community engagement officer Tracy Lambert 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.”

Mrs Lynas, a 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 benefited their mental health and their physical health as well.

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

A YouTube video on the project can be viewed here: K_mqFXcZF0