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Vol­un­tary Ac­tion South La­nark­shire (VASLan) have or­gan­ised a‘trea­sure trail’so that the pub­lic can get in­volved with­Vol­un­teers’Week.

The idea is that peo­ple can fol­low on­line maps to in­ves­ti­gate or­gan­i­sa­tions around Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang and the wider South La­nark­shire area.

Or­gan­is­ers want to show how much South La­nark­shire trea­sures its vol­un­teers and the event will run from June 1 to 7.

A spokesper­son for VASLan said: “VASLan will be pub­lish­ing trea­sure trail maps for each lo­cal­ity in South La­nark­shire dur­ing Vol­un­teers’Week.

They will go on­line to­mor­row, Thurs­day, June 1.

“The trea­sure trail maps will pin­point vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions will­ing to have open doors dur­ing Vol­un­teers’Week, so peo­ple can drop in and find out a bit about their ser­vice, vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and, of course, col­lect some bounty to boot.

“This is a great chance for third sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions in South La­nark­shire to

Vol­un­teers Ann Anderson (left) and May Pa­ton from Re:volve Re­cy­cle shop give mem­bers of the pub­lic in­for­ma­tion about their or­gan­i­sa­tion and have a chat with po­ten­tial vol­un­teers.

“Around 30 or­gan­i­sa­tions have al­ready signed up to par­tic­i­pate in the trea­sure trail in the hope that ev­ery­one will get in­volved with vol­un­teer­ing that threads through­out South La­nark­shire.”

A visit to www.vaslan.org.uk/ vol­un­teer­sweek2017 will lead res­i­dents to the trea­sure map for Hamil­ton area. You can also re­ceive down­load­able PDF maps by email­ing awards@vaslan.org.uk.

The spokesper­son added: “Vol­un­tary Ac­tion South La­nark­shire would like to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to par­tic­i­pate in the trea­sure trail and share their ad­ven­ture with us us­ing our hash­tag #vaslantrea­sure as well as the national hash­tag for Vol­un­teers’Week 2017 #vol­un­teer­sweekscot.”

VASLan will also be recog­nis­ing its vol­un­teers by hold­ing Vol­un­teer­ing Awards dur­ing Vol­un­teers’Week.

The win­ners will be re­vealed at an awards cer­e­mony on June 5 at Hamil­ton Park race­course.

The awards in­clude: Vol­un­teer of the Year; Young Vol­un­teer of the Year; Long-Serv­ing Vol­un­teer; and Vol­un­teer­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion – which will be con­tested by Healthy Val­leys, LEAP and the Machan Trust.

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