Valu­able work of vol­un­teers is recog­nised

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

The enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion that vol­un­teers make to life in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties has been recog­nised at cer­e­monies in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang to mark na­tional Vol­un­teers’ Week 2015.

The two towns were among 10 South La­nark­shire venues for events hosted by com­mu­nity groups to thank vol­un­teers for their hard work and com­pas­sion, while em­pha­sis­ing how fun­da­men­tal they are to mak­ing vi­tal ser­vices pos­si­ble.

Sig­ni­fy­ing that vol­un­teers are the roots and branches of the lo­cal third sec­tor, each event in­volved the pre­sen­ta­tion of a cer­e­mo­nial rose­bush, of­fi­cially named South La­nark­shire Vol­un­teers, which were planted as a con­stant re­minder of the part vol­un­teers play.

Or­gan­ised by South La­nark­shire’s vol­un­tary sec­tor sup­port body VASLan, a cer­e­mony in Cam­bus­lang was hosted by Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park and, in Ruther­glen, Friends of Over­toun Park and Stonelaw Church hosted an event.

The events were at­tended by vol­un­teers from a num­ber of di­verse or­gan­i­sa­tions, as well as coun­cil­lors Robert Brown, Brian McKenna, Rus­sell Clearie and Richard Tul­lett. The cer­e­monies acted as a re­minder of the vast con­tri­bu­tion made by the thou­sands of vol­un­teers across South La­nark­shire on a daily ba­sis.

Other events also took place dur­ing Vol­un­teers’ Week in East Kil­bride, Strathaven, Hamil­ton, Blan­tyre, Larkhall, Ud­dingston, Forth and Wis­ton.

VASLan de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Fiona Dry­burgh said: “These events were a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to say a huge thank you to the vol­un­teers across South La­nark­shire who each day work to make a dif­fer­ence and im­prove life in our com­mu­ni­ties.

“We planted 10 rose­bushes, met over 200 vol­un­teers and en­gaged with over 40 vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions. I’d like to of­fer VASLan’s sin­cere thanks to those who worked hard to make the events pos­si­ble.

“It re­ally was an ex­cel­lent week and it was great to wit­ness the skills and di­ver­sity that vol­un­teers bring to the third sec­tor in our area.”

VASLan sup­ports the South La­nark­shire vol­un­tary sec­tor by help­ing with vol­un­teer re­cruit­ment, fund­ing, train­ing, so­cial en­ter­prise and more.

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Help­ing hands Plant­ing a rose for Vol­un­teers Week in Stonelaw Park are (from left) Therese Reid of Stonelaw Parish Church, VASLan’s Fiona Dry­burgh, Coun­cil­lor Brian McKenna , Ma­jor Michael Watkins from the Sal­va­tion Army, Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown, and Rev Alastair Hay from Stonelaw Parish Church

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