A lotto help for holis­tic care cen­tre

MP opens new town cen­tre base

East Kilbride News - - OUR PEOPLE - Mark Pirie

An East Kil­bride char­ity has opened a new-look cen­tre af­ter re­ceiv­ing a lottery cash boost.

Agape Well­be­ing, which pro­vides holis­tic care, re­ceived £90,000 last year from the Big Lottery Fund to im­prove com­mu­nity-based ac­tiv­i­ties for lo­cal peo­ple.

Agape pro­vides a baby box and cloth­ing scheme, ‘Knit and Nat­ter’ clubs and men’s groups and have used the funds to re-open a cafe, well­be­ing cen­tre and shop in Corn­wall Way, next to East Kil­bride bus sta­tion.

There is also ‘Agape Kidz’ – a baby and chil­dren’s store.

De­lighted gen­eral man­ager Heather Mal­loch said: “A re­cent Big Lottery grant en­abled us to fa­cil­i­tate the move from the Plaza Tower to a more vis­i­ble lo­ca­tion in Corn­wall Way.

“The well­be­ing cen­tre, which is open Wed­nes­day to Fri­day from 11am to 3pm, of­fers the com­mu­nity a range of ser­vices fo­cussed around pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive health and well­be­ing.

“The char­ity works with young fam­i­lies of­fer­ing baby mas­sage classes, and a weekly par­ent ad­vice drop-in ser­vice run by a reg­is­tered health vis­i­tor.

“We also of­fer baby gift sets and a cloth­ing voucher scheme to help fi­nan­cially sup­port fam­i­lies on lower in­comes.

“We of­fer mas­sage ses­sions, a con­fi­den­tial ac­tive lis­ten­ing ser­vice and some group work ses­sions to sup­port peo­ple.

“Our knit and nat­ter group and our men’s group also meet weekly to en­cour­age peo­ple to join in, have some fun, meet up with new peo­ple and help com­bat the lone­li­ness and so­cial iso­la­tion that so many peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence.

“All our ser­vices, which are run by pas­sion­ate trained vol­un­teers, are of­fered on a do­na­tion-only ba­sis or for a low cost en­abling every­one to ac­cess.

“Many are avail­able with­out ap­point­ment, or can be booked through our Agape Kidz shop.”

East Kil­bride, Strathaven and Les­ma­hagow MP Dr Lisa Cameron as­sumed rib­bon-cut­ting du­ties on the day.

“I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted to open this fan­tas­tic cen­tre in East Kil­bride,” she said. “Men­tal health is of­ten over­looked but it is so vi­tal to my con­stituents’ well­be­ing and Agape meets this need.

“I un­der­stand that they will be li­ais­ing with lo­cal schools and hav­ing a fo­cus on young peo­ple’s men­tal health, where early in­ter­ven­tion is ab­so­lutely cru­cial to pre­vent wors­en­ing of symp­toms.

“My com­men­da­tions to Heather and her team, their work is vi­tal to East Kil­bride and they have my full on­go­ing sup­port.”

Visit www.agapewell­be­ing.com to find out more about the char­ity.

One-to-one Thom­son Joan Strick­land talks to coun­sel­lor Therese

Men’s Group Gil­bert Thom­son, Iain Mal­loch, Robert Mor­ris, Peter Thom­son and Alan McLean

Cut­ting the rib­bon Dr Lisa Cameron MP opens the new well­be­ing cen­tre, pic­tured with man­ager Heather Mal­loch

Thank you Agape’s Heather Mal­loch with Su­san John­stone and Peter Wat­son of the Big Lottery Fund

Heal­ing hands Karen Mar­shall gets a hand mas­sage from Eu­nice Sned­don

Wel­come Agape staff and vol­un­teers are there to help

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