Pupils launch swap shop
A TEAM of primary pupils are launching a new swap shop to support Save the Children.
The group of 15 youngsters from St Joseph's Primary School in Faifley decided to create a community swap shop to allow families to access the goods they need while also saving money.
The project has taught the pupils about child poverty in Scotland and as a result, they chose the cost of living as an important issue in their community.
No money changes hands at the swap shop as customers simply bring items they'd like to swap.
Bankies are encouraged to come along to the swap shop launch at Skypoint and bring children's toys, books and clothes suitable to swap.
Eloise Nutbrown, project officer at Save the Children said: "The idea of the swap shop came from the children as they wanted to come up with a solution to the high cost of living for people living in Faifley, especially those with young families.
"We've helped the children design and promote the scheme and we hope that lots of children in the community will take part in running the swap shop in the future.
"The launch will be a really fun afternoon for the whole community to get involved in as there will be food, refreshments and children's activities on offer."
Claire Cusick, headteacher at St Joseph's added: "Our children have developed skills in working together to plan, implement and develop a common goal aimed at improving their own community.
"It would be great to see local people getting behind the project, visiting Skypoint and using the swap shop.
"This has been an exciting project for the school and provides an additional resource for our community."
St Joseph's Primary School swap shop will be launched on Thursday 26 April at 3pm at the Skypoint centre, Lennox Drive, Faifley. All members of the community are invited to attend and bring items to swap.
This article appeared in Clydebank Post 19 Apr 12