A big LEAP for­wards!

Fund­ing boost for new ac­tiv­i­ties for the el­derly

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Light­burn El­derly As­so­ci­a­tion Pro­ject (LEAP) has se­cured fund­ing from the Peo­ple’s Health Trust to ex­pand its ac­tiv­ity classes to Whit­law­burn.

The char­ity has teamed up with Whit­law­burn Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to de­liver a pro­gramme of ex­cit­ing sum­mer taster ses­sions this Au­gust.

If you are over 50 and look­ing for some ac­tiv­i­ties to get in­volved with this sum­mer, then LEAP’s new classes could be just right for you.

An event, en­ti­tled Sport­ing Mem­o­ries, will run on Tues­day, Au­gust 11, from 1-3pm.

A spokesman said: “Who were your favourite sports­men and women when you were grow­ing up? What events did you go to and watch? What teams do you sup­port and who are your all time favourite play­ers?

“Re­call­ing per­sonal mem­o­ries of sport can prove ben­e­fi­cial in our later years. Come along to our in­tro­duc­tory ses­sion for just £3, and have a cuppa and a blether to find out more.”

Another event, new age kurl­ing, will take place on- Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 12, from 1-3pm.

A cross be­tween bowl­ing and curl­ing, but no ice is needed. For those look­ing to be a bit more ac­tive this sum­mer, new age kurl­ing might be the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to keep fit and have some fun for just £3

Also tak­ing place is ta­ble ten­nis, on Thurs­day, Au­gust 13, from 1-3pm, where those in­ter­ested can go along to join in dou­bles or sin­gles and have some fun for just £2.

LEAP’s Adult Learn­ing Co-or­di­na­tor Ca­tri­ona MacGre­gor said: “I’m de­lighted that LEAP has been able to se­cure fund­ing from the Peo­ple’s Health Trust to ex­pand the ac­tiv­ity classes to Whit­law­burn.

“LEAP al­ready has a sub­stan­tial and suc­cess­ful pro­gramme of classes run­ning in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang and it’s great that we’ve now got the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand these.

“I’d en­cour­age any­one over 50 with an in­ter­est in the sum­mer taster ses­sions that we’re run­ning this Au­gust in Whit­law­burn, to get in touch and come along to try them out.”

All ses­sions will be held at Whit­law­burn Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. At­ten­dance at these classes re­quires reg­is­tra­tion in ad­vance. You can do so by con­tact­ing Ca­tri­ona on 0141 641 5169 or email­ing ca­tri­ona@leap-pro­ject.co.uk

If you would like to find out more about LEAP and the Be­friend­ing or Handyper­son volunteering op­por­tu­ni­ties they of­fer, or know some­one who could ben­e­fit from the ser­vices they of­fer, call 01698 907 004 or visit the web­site www.leap-pro­ject.co.uk

LEAP op­er­ates the Hands On Pro­ject (HOP) to el­derly peo­ple in need in South

La­nark­shire, cov­er­ing Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen, as well as Blan­tyre, Hamil­ton, East Kil­bride, Both­well, Ud­dingston, Stone­house and Strathaven.

The HOP con­sists of a be­friend­ing and handyper­son ser­vice – the be­friend­ing ser­vice pro­vides peo­ple with short or long-term com­pan­ion­ship and friend­ship to older peo­ple who might be feel­ing lonely or iso­lated. The handyper­son ser­vice pro­vides free prac­ti­cal as­sis­tance with small jobs and tasks around the home such as chang­ing light bulbs, cur­tains and wash­ing in­side win­dows.

The Peo­ple’s Health Trust is an in­de­pen­dent char­ity ad­dress­ing health in­equal­i­ties across Great Bri­tain. It works closely with 51 Com­mu­nity In­ter­est Com­pa­nies rais­ing money to ad­dress health in­equal­i­ties across Eng­land, Scot­land and Wales through the Health Lottery dis­tribut­ing grants.

Kurl­ing crew New age kurl­ing is com­ing to Whit­law­burn next month

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