GROUP ON THE GO FOR 35 YEARS
Anniversary for local organisation
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