An­other mile­stone for re­cy­cling project

Rutherglen Reformer - - Out And About -

The open­ing of the Cam­bus­lang shop marks an­other ma­jor mile­stone for R:evolve.

Hav­ing al­ready moved from Farmeloan Road to Ruther­glen Main Street, this is an­other for­ward step with the shop re­plac­ing a pre­vi­ous one in Half­way.

Their 2400 mem­bers have swapped 22 tonnes of cloth­ing mean­ing they have re­duced 730 tonnes of Co2e en­ter­ing the world’s at­mos­phere.

For Wendy Rus­sell, sus­tain­abil­ity devel­op­ment man­ager at the Light­burn El­derly As­so­ci­a­tion Project, the move to Cam­bus­lang has come as a re­lief.

“It’s been a long time com­ing,”she says.“We used to have a shop in Half­way and it took us two years to get a let on the Main Street.

“We are re­ally ex­cited. Half­way was great but we didn’t have the foot­fall there.

“While we’ve been do­ing up the shop, ev­ery day we have peo­ple try­ing to get in. It’s go­ing to be re­ally busy, hope­fully as busy as Ruther­glen. “It also adds a bit of sparkle to the street.” The launch was at­tended by a num­ber of vol­un­teers, staff and lo­cal politi­cians, all of whom are ea­ger to sing the praises of the project. Among them is De­pute Provost Pam Clearie, at­tend­ing her sec­ond last of­fi­cial event be­fore step­ping down. But the real stars are the vol­un­teers. Dur­ing her speech to open the store, Wendy de­scribes them as their“ac­tion-packed su­per­sonic, to­tally in­cred­i­ble crew of vol­un­teer su­per­heroes.”

High praise – and she is just as gush­ing away from the spot­light.

“Our vol­un­teers are the lead­ers of this project,”she says.“The staff are there for the back­ground work but all our ideas come from the vol­un­teers. We have older vol­un­teers who are happy to see an older idea come back into fash­ion. They were used to mend­ing their clothes rather than just buy­ing new ones.

“We want this to be a real com­mu­nity space as well. We want every­one to use itand for it to be a meet­ing point. Very of­ten you have peo­ple com­ing in just for a chat. It’s not just a shop.”

Prov­ing it is a fam­ily af­fair for Wendy, her dad Dougie Cham­bers, 64, trav­els from Castlemilk to vol­un­teer.

Jok­ing that he has been vol­un­teer­ing“ever since my daugh­ter dragged me here,”Dougie ex­plains he works off­shore, but with the oil in­dus­try strug­gling, he has found him­self with a lot of time on his hands.

And he per­haps sums up best why many peo­ple like him choose to vol­un­teer. “I’ve had a good work­ing life and earned good wages so now it’s about giv­ing

back.”

Fash­ion Jean Broad­foot checks out the items on of­fer at the new shop

Fam­ily af­fair Dougie Cham­bers

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