Get Hands On to help the el­derly

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A Cam­bus­lang-based char­ity are look­ing for vol­un­teers to help them tackle lone­li­ness and alien­ation among the el­derly.

LEAP’s Hands on Pro­ject pro­vides free, prac­ti­cal as­sis­tance to peo­ple over the age of 50 who re­quire some ad­di­tional help due to iso­la­tion or health dif­fi­cul­ties.

The Hands On Pro­ject, which op­er­ates in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, con­sists of two strands – a be­friend­ing ser­vice and a handyper­son ser­vice.

The be­friend­ing ser­vice pro­vides short or long-term one-to-one friend­ship and com­pan­ion­ship to older peo­ple who may be iso­lated or lonely.

It also as­sists with re­con­nect­ing older peo­ple back into their com­mu­nity, for ex­am­ple, by en­abling peo­ple to at­tend lo­cal clubs or ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Handyper­son Ser­vice pro­vides free, prac­ti­cal as­sis­tance with small jobs and tasks around the home such as chang­ing light­bulbs, cur­tains and smoke alarm bat­ter­ies, build­ing small flat­pack fur­ni­ture, and lots more.

LEAP are in need of both more be­friend­ing and handyper­son vol­un­teers.

Vol­un­teers will have their ex­penses cov­ered, can choose to be a be­frien­der or a handyper­son or both, depend­ing on their own in­ter­ests and skills.

The pro­ject are seek­ing help from vol­un­teers of all ages, back­grounds and ex­pe­ri­ence.

If you can vol­un­teer, or if you know some­one who could use LEAP’s ser­vices, con­tact them on 0141 641 5169.

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