GROUP ON THE GO FOR 35 YEARS

An­niver­sary for lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - Deb­bie Hall

A com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion has proved that ev­ery­one needs good neigh­bours by cel­e­brat­ing its 35th an­niver­sary.

Craigshill Good Neigh­bour Net­work marked the spe­cial mile­stone with a party for lo­cals and vol­un­teers.

The char­ity pro­vides prac­ti­cal help, so­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties and vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to so­cially iso­lated peo­ple of all ages in Craigshill and South How­den in the hope of re­duc­ing so­cial iso­la­tion and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.

Staff and vol­un­teers run a vast num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties and events which in­clude knit­ting and sewing, lunch clubs, singing for health ses­sions, mens’ groups and much more.

Most re­cently the char­ity’s great work was high­lighted at the Pride of Bri­tain Awards.

The awards are run by the Daily Mir­ror news­pa­per in part­ner­ship with the TSB bank to recog­nise men, women and chil­dren from up and down the coun­try for their in­spir­ing acts of brav­ery, ser­vice to oth­ers and com­mit­ment to help­ing peo­ple in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The net­work was re­cently cho­sen as the char­ity part­ner for the Liv­ingston branch of the TSB and were the only Scot­tish char­ity part­ner to re­ceive an in­vi­ta­tion.

Jane Deary and Su­san Colquhoun of the group at­tended the glit­ter­ing event.

Su­san said: “We held an event to cel­e­brate the 35th Birth­day of Craigshill Good Neigh­bour Net­work and also to thank our vol­un­teers for their ded­i­ca­tion and hard work.

“Vol­un­teers were pre­sented with a framed word cloud with their name and words de­scrib­ing them.

“Hazel and Barry from TSB pre­sented to the vol­un­teers who walked up a red car­pet to re­ceive their awards.

“Our vol­un­teers were also given a buf­fet lunch and we had mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment from Squeeze and Teeze who are fan­tas­tic and had peo­ple up danc­ing from the first song.

Our vol­un­teers are the heart of our net­work and we wanted to give them a day to re­mem­ber to thank them for ev­ery­thing they do for the net­work.

“We couldn’t do ev­ery­thing we do with­out them. They all thor­oughly de­served to be spoiled for a day.”

Vol­un­teers were pre­sented with a framed word cloud with their names and de­scrib­ing them Su­san Colquhoun

Cut­ting the cake Mem­bers of the group served up a cel­e­bra­tion cake

Spe­cial event Mem­bers of the group got to­gether to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary

Mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment Mu­si­cal duo Squeeze and Teeze played at the party

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