HELP­ING HAND

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Staff at a Ruther­glen busi­ness have been de­scribed as a “joy to have around” as they of­fer their main­te­nance ser­vices for free to the el­derly in Ruther­glen.

Clyde Prop­erty Man­age­ment be­gan do­ing ‘odd jobs’ for peo­ple in Fe­bru­ary last year when a large com­mer­cial client went out of busi­ness.

Staff at the Farmeloan Road com­pany, which is at­tached to Clyde Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, had free time on their hands and be­gan help­ing loyal cus­tomers of the fi­nan­cial sec­tor who had, with age, been find­ing it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to do small jobs around the house.

Staff have to date been paint­ing, putting up shelves, clear­ing lofts, in­stalling white goods, sham­poo­ing car­pets, mov­ing fur­ni­ture and clear­ing drains.

Re­al­is­ing there was a huge de­mand for this ser­vice, the busi­ness opened up the scheme to all those in need of sup­port in a bid to ‘give back’ to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Gor­don Hart, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Clyde Prop­erty Man­age­ment and Clyde Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, said the free ser­vice is more im­por­tant than ever as cow­boy trades­men con­tinue to tar­get the el­derly.

He said: “We are a fi­nan­cial ser­vices busi­ness so we have vul­ner­a­ble clients who have given us their busi­ness over the last 25 years. You see them get­ting older and they rely on you more heav­ily be­cause you have built up that re­la­tion­ship.

“We have trans­ferred that trust and sense of duty to prop­erty man­age­ment. There are peo­ple out there who need help around the house, but are too wor­ried to ask or in­vite peo­ple into their home. We in­vite clients to come to the of­fice be­fore we go out to their home so they know who they are deal­ing with.”

Elma Wil­son and her hus­band Fyfe were cus­tomers of Clyde Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices when

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