Values of volunteering promoted at joint event
Spreading the word of the vital work they undertake
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@ vaslan.org.uk.
Finding out more Many people attended the event at Healthy n Happy’s base