A Labour of love at MCCI

Melanie Ward and Kezia Dugdale MSP, deputy leader of Scottish Labour, with volunteers Ross Simpson, 14, Emily Alexander, 14, and Aimee Faichney, 13  -'credit - FPA -
Melanie Ward and Kezia Dugdale MSP, deputy leader of Scottish Labour, with volunteers Ross Simpson, 14, Emily Alexander, 14, and Aimee Faichney, 13 -'credit - FPA -

Young people from Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative once again opened their gate to the world of politics last week.

he youngsters welcomed new deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party, Kezia Dugdale MSP, to the site on the town’s Sea Road.

Ms Dugdale was treated to a tour of the community garden, which was completed in the summer of 2014, alongwith Labour’s ministerial candidate for the area, Melanie Ward.

Following her visit, Ms Dugdale told the Mail: “It’s brilliant to see the young people here in what is a non-traditional youth centre setting.

“This kind of thing is what the Curriculum for Excellence is all about - fewer exams and learning maths, english, social skills in a different setting - this is the best example of that.

“But it’s not happening because teachers are overworked - Scottish Labour would help to push things like this.”

Ms Ward added: “I would like to see more projects like this taking place, and would like to pay tribute to all of the volunteers and the young people here for the work they are carrying out because it really is amazing.”

Mandy Dickson, one of the volunteers at MCCI, said the project has been so successful because the young people have taken ownership of the garden.

“This is their space - they decide what they want to do and they just love it. If we had one wish, we would love to get our centre, because then we could bring all of our groups together in one place.”

And several of the young people will be swapping their wellies for their Sunday best next month after they were invited to visit the parliament by Jayne Baxter MSP.

The Labour representative was down at the garden before Christmas and was so impressed with the work being carried out, she organised for them to enjoy a day at Holyrood and a tour around the parliament building on March 5.