Val­ues of vol­un­teer­ing pro­moted at joint event

Spread­ing the word of the vi­tal work they un­der­take

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

The con­tri­bu­tion of Ruther­glen vol­un­teers was marked with a spe­cial event dur­ing Vol­un­teer Week ear­lier this month

Vol­un­tary Ac­tion South La­nark­shire ( VASLan) and Healthy n Happy Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust held a joint event at the Num­ber 18 Com­mu­nity Hub to bring the week to a close.

A va­ri­ety of South La­nark­shire char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups took the op­por­tu­nity to spread the word of the vi­tal work they do and how vol­un­teers can be part of that.

Tak­ing part were Ruther­glen com­mu­nity grow­ing project Grow 73, older peo­ple’s or­gan­i­sa­tion LEAP, up­cy­cling char­ity Swap n Save One Stop Shop, and de­men­tia char­ity Alzheimer Scot­land.

Also tak­ing the time to speak about their vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties were Vic­tim Sup­port Scot­land, Back to School Bank East Kil­bride, East Kil­bride and District Shop­mo­bil­ity, and knit­ting char­ity Project Li­nus.

As well as pro­mot­ing vol­un­teer­ing, it was an op­por­tu­nity for or­gan­i­sa­tions to net­work, dis­cuss cre­at­ing partnerships and gen­er­ally get a bet­ter idea of what other vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions were work­ing on in the area.

Speak­ing about the events, VASLan’s Don­ald Lawrie said: “It was great to see so many en­thu­si­as­tic or­gan­i­sa­tions com­ing to­gether to pro­mote vol­un­teer­ing and helping us to round off a suc­cess­ful, packed Vol­un­teers’ Week in such a pos­i­tive way.

“We’re aware of great de­sire out there for peo­ple to do good within their com­mu­ni­ties”

Tom Harten, vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor for Healthy n Happy said, “See­ing all the dif­fer­ent and unique or­gan­i­sa­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to lo­cal peo­ple at the event showed that there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

To find out more about vol­un­teer­ing in Cam­bus­lang or Ruther­glen, con­tact VASLan on 01698 300 390 or email vol­un­teer@

Find­ing out more Many peo­ple at­tended the event at Healthy n Happy’s base

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