A community group responsible for organising several popular Rutherglen events could be on the verge of folding – unless new volunteers come forward.
Friends of Overtoun Park arranges the likes of Easter Eggstravaganza – which was attended by more than 250 people – and a Sports Day in the park.
However a lack of members could jeopardise their future plans.
Group member Elaine Devlin said: “We really need more people now or we will have to stop.
“Some members have had to leave the group because family life or work takes over and they can’t commit enough time. They have not been replaced.
“We had to cancel our Perk Up The Park event last year because there simply wasn’t enough people able to help out on the day itself.
“We do have a couple of new young members but we are aware that not everyone wants to join a committee.
“You hate having to cancel events because we do have a wee following of people who regularly come along.
“We always say to people at our events that they should get involved with us, and they often say they’re interested, but then life takes over and you don’t hear from them again.”
As well as running events, the group takes part in various projects to help improve the park.
Upcoming ventures include improving the bandstand and further developing the BMX track.
And Elaine is optimistic that more locals will come forward to help out.
She added: “We’re looking for people to help man stalls at the events and things like that, so we’re only asking for a few hours of people’s time.
“There’s not an age restriction on it either, so if there’s any teenagers wanting to help out that would be great – we could then put them forward for a Saltire award, which is something they can take into school and use for CVs, and their college submissions.
“I do think it’d be a loss for the community if we couldn’t keep going. There’s a real sense of community still in Rutherglen, with people who go along and support these events, and lots of people still have that sense of looking after each other.
“The likes of us, or Grow 73, or Project 31, all bring something to the area. Hopefully people will get involved and help us out.”
Anyone interested in helping out should visit www. friendsofovertounpark.info or look for the group on Facebook.
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