Our work today
More than a quarter of a century after LEAP was set up, older people’s needs have not changed. And neither has LEAP’s beliefs, although what has changed is the depth and breadth of services it offers.
Last year LEAP’s Hands On Project provided more than 12,000 hours support to its clients – all delivered in the front line through its team of 180 volunteers. This support is delivered in 18 communities in South Lanarkshire from large urban areas such as Rutherglen to smaller rural communities such as Glassford and Stonehouse.
And, despite Covid restrictions our handyperson volunteers still managed hundreds of jobs, from cleaning windows to assembling flat-pack furniture.
Our Leisure and learning classes were seriously disrupted due to restrictions and moved online, delivering quizzes, singing groups, karaoke and bingo sessions
As well as keeping fit and healthy (or generally just having a good time), one of the key aims of our classes is to help older people overcome the issues of digital exclusion.
With one in five people throughout Scotland lacking the basic skills or equipment to get online, LEAP provided more than 100 tablets from a Connecting Scotland initiative and backed this up with personal training.
As restrictions ease we hope 2022 brings a return to more classes and activities.
And in our R:evolve Recycle shops, where possible, ran classes in upcycling and make do and mend that promote sustainable clothing choices combating today’s disposable fashion trends.
Those classes, along with our unique cash-free membership swap shop scheme, have helped save the equivalent of thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, and stopped almost 10 tonnes of clothing waste going to landfill - more than 13 tonnes alone during 2021-22.
Our swapping scheme has seen more than 60,000 items of clothing swapped. That alone is an amazing statistic.