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Clydesdale Community Initiatives welcomes new tech to enhance services

by Kirsty Kirsty

Lanark-based Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) is upgrading its software and technology capabilities thanks to £2,500 of funding from UKSE.

Working directly with individuals with complex additional support needs, the social inclusion charity and social enterprise provides a lifeline service across Lanarkshire, helping people to make a meaningful contribution to their local community. 

UKSE has match funded CCI’s investment into new database software that will allow the organisation to monitor participant engagement and co-produce a personal development plan for each individual.

Established in 2002, CCI’s unique person-centred training and support enables participants to work in a range of vocational environments including woodwork, landscaping, horticulture and environmental and conservation activities. Available to a range of demographics, activities and training are designed to empower individuals to learn new skills, improve both their mental and physical health and expand social connections.

Based at Langloch Farm, CCI also operates a tea-room, gift shop, market garden, outdoor play areas and event facilities. Its Langloch Farm Botanics range of eco-friendly cosmetics, developed and designed by staff, volunteers and service-users, is sold in the gift shop, while its dedicated woodcraft team produces a variety of outdoor furniture and garden accessories, with the on-site sawmill enabling CCI to use locally sourced timber.

Niall McShannon, Managing Director at CCI, said: “As CCI continues to evolve we are incredibly proud to see the positive impact we have on the lives of hundreds of people across the region. That said, we must ensure that we are consistently enhancing and future proofing services, which the investment into dedicated software will enable.

“Our home at Langloch Farm has been developed to embrace and showcase the work of our charity with the public, inviting everyone to see the invaluable contribution that CCI and our people are making to the Lanarkshire region.

“The support from UKSE is very much appreciated as we start to use the software to make data-driven decisions about developing and individualising our services.”

Scott Webb, Regional Manager at UKSE, said: “It’s incredible to see the investment into people that CCI has made over the last two decades and UKSE is very proud to support its next chapter of growth. The Langloch Farm hub is a fantastic place to visit, celebrating the best of social enterprise and talented individuals.”

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