Can you be­friend el­derly per­son?

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A life­line ser­vice which pro­vides com­pan­ion­ship to the el­derly in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang has ex­panded.

The Hands On Project (HOP), part of the Light­burn El­derly As­so­ci­a­tion Project ( LEAP), is now of­fer­ing its be­friend­ing and handyper­son ser­vice for peo­ple aged over 50 in Hamil­ton, Blan­tyre, Ud­dingston and Both­well.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion hosted a suc­cess­ful vol­un­teer open day at St John’s Church in Hamil­ton in a bid to kick-start the new ven­ture.

There was a chance for peo­ple to speak to HOP staff to find out more about the project.

Project man­ager Liz Nel­son said: “Vol­un­teer­ing to help an older per­son is a re­ally worth­while use of time and it is fan­tas­tic that our open day has gen­er­ated some new po­ten­tial vol­un­teers.

Liz stressed that the ser­vice the project pro­vides could not be de­liv­ered with­out vol­un­teers.

“They are ab­so­lutely vi­tal. I would urge any­one in­ter­ested in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their lo­cal area and who has a spare cou­ple of hours a week to please get in touch with the project on 01698 907 004.”

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