Dressed to impress
LEAP’s fashion show AGM
Lightburn Elderly Association Project ( LEAP) treated volunteers and guests to a special fashion show.
It was staged during their 23rd annual general meeting at Cambuslang Parish Church on Monday, September 7.
The highlight topic for discussion was the success of new project R: evolve Recycle, which was set up this year to encourage people to recycle unwanted clothing.
R : e v o l v e p ro j e c t manager Wendy Russell said: “Each year, 350,000 tonnes of clothing are thrown out and go to landfill in the UK and when you consider that it takes up to 2600 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans, it really is time we learned about the effects our throwaway culture has on the planet.
“We’ve had so many fantastic outfits donated, so setting up the fashion show is a great opportunity to showcase what is on offer.”
The project has a swap shop in Rutherglen on Farmeloan Road, and within 10 weeks of opening it took over one and a half tonnes of donated clothing from the local community.
The success of the store has led to another shop being set up in Halfway, Cambuslang, to deal with the demand.
LEAP is a local charity which was founded in 1992. They are based in Cambuslang and offer a variety of projects and services assisting elderly people in the community.
Councillor Russell Clearie opened the meeting and praised the progress of LEAP over the last year. James Kelly MSP and local councillors were also in attendance.
The Hands On Project is a free befriending and handyperson service offered to over 50s. They operate in nine areas across South Lanarkshire including Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
In the last year, LEAP’s long- running leisure and activity classes in Rutherglen and Cambuslang, which include things like New Age Kurling, table tennis and arts & crafts, have also expanded into Whitlawburn and Uddingston.