Michelle McManus visits local dancers

SPECIAL GUEST: Michelle McManus is pictured with the group.
SPECIAL GUEST: Michelle McManus is pictured with the group.

TEENAGERS who formed their own dance troupe got to show off their moves to Scottish celebrity Michelle McManus recently.

The Dance Kru is made up of young people who attend a Bishopbriggs youth project, which is run by the learning disability charity ENABLE Scotland.

Michelle was in town to visit the project which has achieved great success over the past four years, bringing together young people in the area.

The Youth Activity Group is open to people with or without learning disabilities who live in East Dunbartonshire and are aged 12 to 18-years-old.

Michelle said: “I am always keen to support Scottish charities and ENABLE Scotland help people who have a learning disability throughout the country.

“When you meet people who are involved in ENABLE Scotland’s projects you can’t help but feel passionate about the work of the charity.”

The Youth Activity Group meets every Thursday in Auchinairn Community Centre.

Those who attend get to experience a youth club environment and the young people also choose, plan and fundraise for activities that they are interested in.

Some of the past fundraising efforts have included sponsored walks, bike rides and even abseiling from the Titan Crane.

It allows those who attend the group to raise the funds to participate in fun activities such as going bowling, to the cinema or for a meal, as well as visiting places like Xscape and M&D’s.

A spokesperson for ENABLE Scotland said: “For many of the young people who have a learning disability these events will be their first social trip with peers as opposed to parents.

“This is a great step in achieving greater independence and increasing self-confidence.”

For more information on ENABLE Scotland and events visit www.enablescotland.org.uk, call Jill on 0141 2251643 or e-mail jill.macrae@enable.org.uk