Vol­un­teer projects in ap­peal for new faces

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Staff re­porter

Light­burn El­derly As­so­ci­a­tion Pro­ject (Leap) are us­ing Vol­un­teers Week to high­light the need to re­cuit more peo­ple to help with projects.

Run­ning un­til June 12, Vol­un­teers Week is co­or­di­nated by Vol­un­teer Scot­land to recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tion that vol­un­teers make to so­ci­ety.

Leap op­er­ates R: evolve Re­cy­cle and the Hands On Pro­ject, two vol­un­teer-led projects in Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen, and can of­fer a va­ri­ety of vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting more in­volved with the com­mu­nity.

R:evolve Re­cy­cle aims to re­duce car­bon emis­sions by pro­mot­ing the re­use of un­wanted clothes and shar­ing skills that pro­mote sus­tain­abil­ity.

The pro­ject op­er­ates two swap-shop bou­tiques in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, run by vol­un­teers, and also offers a va­ri­ety of skills work­shops to up­cy­cle fur­ni­ture, make crafts and re­pair clothes.

R:evolve needs vol­un­teers to help with de­liv­er­ing skills work­shops to lo­cal schools which will teach young peo­ple about the im­por­tance of up­cy­cling.

Hands On offers free, prac­ti­cal as­sis­tance to peo­ple over 50 and is led by handyper­son and be­friend­ing vol­un­teers who can carry out house­hold odd jobs such as chang­ing light bulbs or pro­vid­ing short or long-term com­pan­ion­ship to older peo­ple who may be iso­lated or lonely.

Mau­reen McLaugh­lin has been vol­un­teer­ing with Leap for a num­ber of years. She helps out at R:evolve, help­ing to de­liver a num­ber of skills work­shops, and is also a handyper­son vol­un­teer with Hands On.

She said: “I re­ally en­joy vol­un­teer­ing with R:evolve be­cause it’s very re­ward­ing to be able to pass on skills and help oth­ers to learn some­thing new.

“It’s al­ways great to see the end prod­uct of a work­shop when a new skill has been learned and some­thing new cre­ated.

“I also vol­un­teer as a handyper­son with Leap’s Hands On pro­ject. It is great to be able to make a dif­fer­ence to the life of an older per­son by car­ry­ing out sim­ple house­hold handy jobs

“Leap has a wide range of vol­un­teer­ing ex­pe­ri­ences avail­able and I would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend it to any­one who has some spare time and a will­ing­ness to help.”

For more in­for­ma­tion call 0141 641 5169 or visit www.leap-pro­ject.co.uk.

Skills Mau­reen McLaugh­lin (right) helps out at a work­shop

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