There’s a place you can go

An after-school child care service that provides a vital resource to help working families in and around Cumbernauld is benefiting from a donation by CMS Window Systems.

The Cumbernauld YMCA provides the service in 14 schools as part of its Out of School Care programme, which caters for children aged between five and 12. On offer is a wide range of play and educational activities including arts and crafts, outdoor play, active sports, music and drama, plus homework assistance. As a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, the Cumbernauld YMCA relies on the generosity of local businesses and individuals through funding and volunteering to maintain this service.

Jim Cruickshank, centre manager at the organisation, said: “Being a registered charity we rely on fund raising and donations to continue our work. The support from CMS is greatly appreciated. It boots the moral of both staff and users alike knowing there are companies in the community willing to help.”

As one of the area’s largest manufacturing businesses, with around 240 people based at its Castlecary site, CMS Window Systems was keen to play its part in supporting Cumbernauld YMCA. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise-winning company claims to have environmental, economic and social sustainability at its core. This includes a strategy of supporting charitable organisations that provide services that help people in their everyday lives and enhance the local communities in which CMS works.

“We’re delighted to be able to support Cumbernauld YMCA’s Childcare Service and help to ensure that their after-school care continues to benefit local families,” David Ritchie, chief operating officer at CMS Window Systems, said. “Without access to such an excellent service, many people who live and work in and around Cumbernauld – including a number of employees here at CMS – would find it harder to balance work and family commitments, and that’s why it is important for the whole community that it succeeds.”