Thanks to vol­un­teers

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Mar­ion Fel­lows has cel­e­brated Vol­un­teer Week with Wishaw char­i­ties Chris’s House and Fam­i­lies and Friends Against Mur­der and Suicide (FAMS).

Chris’s House of­fers refuge to those experiencing sui­ci­dal or in­tru­sive thoughts and their fam­i­lies.

FAMS pro­vides sim­i­lar sup­port in­clud­ing one-to-one and group coun­selling, tele­phone sup­port, be­frien­der peer sup­port, ad­vo­cacy and prac­ti­cal ad­vice.

The MP for Mother­well and Wishaw thanked both groups of vol­un­teers for their con­tri­bu­tions to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and fam­i­lies af­fected by loss and grief and dis­cussed lo­cal ini­tia­tives.

Mar­ion said:“I want to pro­vide my thanks to all the lo­cal vol­un­teer groups.

“They work ex­tremely hard to serve our com­mu­nity. From food­banks to be­friend­ing ser­vices and wel­fare rights groups to churches and mosques, they are a credit to the area.

“I be­lieve groups such as Chris’s House and FAMS who pro­vide sup­port around men­tal health and deal­ing with grief de­serve par­tic­u­lar recog­ni­tion this year. The re­cent loss of lo­cal young men through suicide highlights the great need for th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions and the work they do.

“I urge any­one who is af­fected by men­tal health or loss to get in touch with ei­ther char­ity and to also seek the help of other vol­un­teer groups for what­ever sup­port they need. Peo­ple can also call my of­fice to find out what pub­lic or vol­un­teer ser­vices are avail­able.

“Dur­ing times of aus­ter­ity when some pub­lic ser­vices are stretched, vol­un­teers of­ten fill the gap and do so with­out re­ward or recog­ni­tion. It is up to every­one in the com­mu­nity to show their sup­port by vol­un­teer­ing if they can or sim­ply of­fer­ing lo­cal groups a‘thank you’.”

Great job Mar­ion Fel­lows, sec­ond right, with Coun­cil­lor Fiona Fother­ing­ham, FAMS chair­per­son Pamela Porter and vol­un­teers Grace O’Neil and Jim Mac­Don­ald

Greet­ing Mar­ion Fel­lows MP meets Chris’s House Founder Anne Rowan

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