Se­niors Cen­tre gets royal nod with award

Castlemilk char­ity to re­ceive the Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A char­ity that proves age is no bar­rier to fun and friend­ship is to re­ceive the Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice - the high­est award a vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion can ob­tain.

The Se­nior Cen­tre in Castlemilk has been given the royal seal of ap­proval after be­ing nom­i­nated for the award by Lord Provost Sadie Docherty,

The well- known cen­tre for se­nior cit­i­zens has a proud record of ad­dress­ing the lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion older peo­ple can ex­pe­ri­ence by of­fer­ing so­cial events, ex­cur­sions and a range of learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Run by a team of 10 staff, the cen­tre is sup­ported by 35 vol­un­teers who of­fer highly val­ued ad­vice, com­pany, friend­ship and ac­tiv­i­ties to al­most 500 over 60s.

They pro­vide a va­ri­ety of classes, rang­ing from IT and rem­i­nis­cence to arts and crafts and ex­er­cise.

Many aged over 60 them­selves, the vol­un­teers also help or­gan­ise a num­ber of ex­cur­sions across Scot­land and hol­i­days to places such as the Lake Dis­trict and Black­pool.

Me­lanie O’Don­nell, man­ager of The Se­nior Cen­tre, said: “I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted that our team of hard­work­ing, ded­i­cated vol­un­teers have been recog­nised in such a spe­cial way for all that they do within our or­gan­i­sa­tion. Most of our vol­un­teers are mem­bers of the cen­tre them­selves and con­trib­ute so much with­out re­al­is­ing how vi­tal their help is.

“Our older vol­un­teers have vast life ex­pe­ri­ence, skills and knowl­edge that is utilised in a va­ri­ety of ways across our cen­tre. It’s a plea­sure to lead and work with them for they bring hap­pi­ness to so many older peo­ple who de­pend on us daily for so­cial­i­sa­tion and friend­ship.”

Hus­band and wife vol­un­teers John Mill­maker, 76, and Mar­garet, 70, will rep­re­sent the cen­tre at a gar­den party at Holy­rood on July 5 where they will meet the Queen.

The Se­nior Cen­tre mean­while will re­ceive its award from the Lord Lieu­tenant of Glas­gow, Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, later this sum­mer.

Ms Docherty said: “I’m de­lighted that the cen­tre has re­ceived recog­ni­tion from Her Majesty the Queen for the ster­ling work of its vol­un­teers.

“The cen­tre is well known and loved in Castlemilk, of­fer­ing com­pany, friend­ship and fun ac­tiv­i­ties for el­derly peo­ple across the com­mu­nity. It re­ally is an im­por­tant life­line for older peo­ple who can feel iso­lated and anx­ious. The cen­tre also as­sist mem­bers by help­ing them ac­cess ben­e­fits and other help and en­ti­tle­ments. It also pro­vides meals and or­gan­ises so­cial events.

“My thanks, on be­half of the city, to all the vol­un­teers and ev­ery­one in­volved in the cen­tre for mak­ing it such a great place.”

The Se­niors Cen­tre is among 193 char­i­ties, so­cial en­ter­prises and vol­un­tary groups that will re­ceive the royal award this year.

The awards were cre­ated in 2002 to cel­e­brate the Queen’s Golden Ju­bilee. Win­ners are an­nounced each year on June 2, the an­niver­sary of the Queen’s Coro­na­tion.

Hon­our John and Mar­garet Mill­maker from the Se­niors Cen­tre, Castlemilk, will rep­re­sent the cen­tre at the queen’s gar­den party 2016

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