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Volunteering helps Maureen build new connections

For Maureen, there’s nothing better

than being asked to assemble some

Scandinavian flat pack furniture (other

flatpacks are available), or to work out

how a remote control is programmed

to work on every bit of TV tech in the

house.

 

Maureen (68) is one of LEAP’s small

band of handyperson volunteers and,

for the past five years, has found that

volunteering with the charity is a

rewarding experience.

 

She began volunteering with LEAP

when she realised how difficult it can

be for older people to get small jobs

done if they don’t have family to

call on.

 

“For older people, having to pay a

tradesman to call to do something as

simple as change a lightbulb isn’t

always an option and that's where I          Maureen discusses a job with client Bryan. Photograph courtesy Rutherglen Reformer come in.

 

“I’ve put up curtain poles, changed curtains and fitted new locks. And when I change a lightbulb, I give the light a good clean as well.”

 

Maureen, who also volunteers as a sewing teacher with LEAP’s R:evolve Recycle clothing stores, is proof that people’s skills can be put to good use.

 

“All of our volunteers have different skills, but we’re all trained by LEAP to the same standard. That includes a disclosure check and a two day training event about befriending and LEAP itself.

 

“That gives our clients the confidence that whoever comes to do a job will do it well, and be trusted to do so. And while we’re in people’s houses, we’re also providing welcome company for people who might be feeling isolated from their community.

 

“Putting both together helps people stay in their homes safely and happily for that bit longer, and that’s important to everyone.

 

“I’m just glad I can help in some way, and  I think I get as much satisfaction out of the job as the people I’m helping.”

 

If you want to find out more about volunteering with LEAP – handyperson, befriender or seamstress – call LEAP on 0141 641 5169, or call into our office at 197 Hamilton Road, Cambuslang for a chat.

Maureen and Bryan 3 courtesy Rutherglen Reformer