Beat the winter blues!

Community Wing garden at Monifieth High School.

Community Wing garden at Monifieth High School.

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Angus Council’s communities team in Monifieth are offering lots of opportunities for young people and adults in Monifieth and surrounding villages to beat the winter blues and to start the new year with new challenges.

Based in the community wing at Monifieth High School the Youth Team are offering activities for young people that include a journalism group that meet on a Monday.

Wednesday sees the Garden and Wildlife group meet after school to work in the garden at the back of the school.

Thursday, after school, there will be a transition group for P7’s to help them get ready for coming up to the High school and finally on a Tuesday and Friday evenings in the Wing there is the Music group where young people can use the recording studio and musical equipment on offer.

The Adult Learning Team are currently looking for ideas from the Community on what groups they would like to see running in the Community Wing. Ideas suggested include groups like basic computing, film or photography, the Discovery Award, help with literacy and numeracy and opportunities for volunteering. The team would welcome any other ideas that people would like to take forward.

The community wing also has two public access computers that the general public can come along and use free of charge and a music recording studio that could be available for the public when not in use. For groups looking for a home the space in the wing is flexible with an activity room and a café/bar area.

To be part of any of the groups above or to explore the option of a new group then come along to the Community Wing and speak to one of the staff, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Alternatively you can contact us through e-mail at cldmonifieth@angus.gov.uk or by telephone on 01382 536636.

Winter pruning possible thanks to grant

Give It A Go monies have given a grant for clothing and lighting for the young people who are part of the Garden and Environment group at Monifieth High School.

Angus Council’s communities team secured the grant which will help the group develop and the maintain the community garden even when it is dark and cold.

Rikki Beattie, communities officer said: “Over the winter period the group are currently working towards tidying the garden and greenhouse up and are preparing the ground for next years produce to go in.

“The group are also working towards clearing out the overgrown pond and intend to reshape it and put in a liner. Once it is brighter in the evenings the group will undertake some brashing in the Millennium woods in the school grounds.”

The group is open to any young person with an interest in gardening in general and want to learn more about gardening or the environment. Members will also have an option to go through a John Muir Award as part of the group. Young people interested in the project can pop in to the Community Wing to find out more.

If adults are interested in volunteering with the group please speak to the youth worker in the Community Wing on 01382 536628.