Fes­tive de­light

El­derly set for Christ­mas meal at home

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

El­derly res­i­dents of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are set to get a wel­come Christ­mas boost.

The Hands on Project, has been op­er­a­tional un­der the aus­pices of the Lightburn El­derly As­so­ci­a­tion Project for the past 12 years, and the project has de­liv­ered a be­friend­ing and handy per­son’s ser­vice to older peo­ple in Cam­bus­lang, Ruther­glen and East Kil­bride.

Over the years the project has been suc­cess­ful in sup­port­ing a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of older peo­ple in South La­nark­shire, while the suc­cess of the project is down to the ded­i­ca­tion and en­thu­si­asm of its league of vol­un­teers and small team of staff.

This Christ­mas, the Hands on Project is de­lighted to an­nounce that fol­low­ing fund­ing from South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s meal grant for older peo­ple and a gen­er­ous do­na­tion from Waitrose, they will be able to support 100 house­bound older peo­ple to en­joy a Christ­mas meal at home.

Just be­fore Christ­mas, a team of staff and vol­un­teers will de­liver Christ­mas bags con­tain­ing a pre­pared meal and as­sorted good­ies to the 100 older peo­ple who have been iden­ti­fied by the project, vol­un­teers and other agen­cies as re­quir­ing some fes­tive cheer.

LEAP would like to thank Waitrose and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil for their support.

Any­one in­ter­ested in the Hands On Ser­vices or as par­tic­i­pat­ing as a vol­un­teer should con­tact 641 5169 where a mem­ber of the team would be de­lighted to as­sist in re­cruit­ing new blood for the pro­gramme.

More re­cently, the project has re­ceived fund­ing from the Big Lot­tery to ex­tend its be­friend­ing and handy per­son ser­vice into Blan­tyre, Hamil­ton, Both­well and Ud­dingston and as a re­sult are cur­rently ecruit­ing vol­un­teers to launch this ser­vice in Jan­uary 2014.

Fes­tive treat Hands On Project vol­un­teers get ready to de­liver

some Christ­mas cheer

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