Valuable work of volunteers is recognised
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.
For further information, please visit www.vaslan.org.uk.
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