Volunteer projects in appeal for new faces
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