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All the news about our befriending and handyperson services, activities and clothing swap shop boutiques, and how LEAP is continuing to support older people through the COVID pandemic.

LEAP is VASLan’s Organisation of the Year for 2021

 

LEAP has been awarded Organisation of the Year in VASLan’s 2021 Third Sector Awards for its outstanding work supporting older people throughout South Lanarkshire during the pandemic.

 

The charity was recognised for its prompt and vital response to older people’s needs which saw it immediately introduce a shopping and pharmacy delivery service, continue to carry our free emergency handyperson work and help alleviate isolation through phone befriending services and online activities.

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R:evolve Recycle shortlisted for national charity award

 

Local charity set to be a Climate Conscious star at this year’s Scottish Charity Awards

 

LEAP’s R:evolve Recycle initiative has been recognised as a finalist in the Climate Conscious category of SCVO’s Scottish Charity Awards and is encouraging people in South Lanarkshire to vote for them.

 

Run annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Scottish Charity Awards celebrate the best of Scotland’s voluntary sector. This year’s shortlist includes 47 individuals and organisations from charities and voluntary groups across the country.

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Charity bags a bonus from local school social enterprise

 

Eco link proves strong for Cathkin High pupils

 

LEAP has benefitted by more than £800 from Cathkin High pupils learning about recycling in Spanish after they learned of its R:evolve Recycle clothing recycling shops.

 

The S2 pupils had been learning about recycling in Spanish then they created designs for an eco shopping bag.  The winning designs were chosen and made into shopping bags which the pupils sold around the Cathkin Community and beyond.

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LEAP into spring with
activities for everyone

LEAP is supporting older people in South Lanarkshire during
lockdown with a programme of online activities ranging from bingo

to Spanish classes.

 

The programme starts on March 15, with something to suit most
people’s interests.

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LEAP receives £1000 from Cambuslang Gulf Fuel station

 

LEAP has received £1000 from Cambuslang Gulf fuel station after being voted by local customers. The campaign by Gulf Oomph Fuel Rewards runs across Gulf sites around the whole of the UK and 10 lucky good causes are awarded £1000 each.

 

LEAP was nominated by the Cambuslang station and customers voted via the Oomph Fuel Rewards App and website for their favorites. Members of Gulf Oomph Fuel Rewards get access to offers and rewards via the loyalty scheme, in addition to supporting their local charities.

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Santa’s Lanarkshire helpers deliver gifts to older people most in need

 

Student delivers festive cheer to LEAP clients after work placement with charity

 

After spending a work placement with LEAP student James Ross, along with his family, decided the charity’s clients were more important than sending Christmas cards this year.

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Befriending is flipping good!

 

Couple share pancake recipe during friendship calls while COVID prevents them meeting

 

How do you teach someone to make pancakes when you can’t see them or get to visit them? Simple – you phone them.

 

For Irene Munro and Graham Smith ­- who didn’t know each other before being introduced in June - making pancakes was one of the first things they talked about when LEAP introduced them through its friendship calls service.

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Drive through with a difference

R:evolve opens drive through for clothing donations

 

R:evolve Recycle has solved the problem of people’s homes bulging with bags of clothing donations – a Donation Drive Through at its new Hamilton Road premises.

 

COVID quarantine rules meant the team at R:evolve couldn’t take clothing donations at shops but using the car park and sorting space across from the Tollpitch was the ideal solution.

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Serial sewers step up to the mask

  

An HR consultant and former headteacher are just two volunteers putting their sewing skills to best use by making masks for family, friends, local schools and care homes around Hamilton.

 

Winnie McCann and Catriona Mason are volunteers with LEAP’s R:evolve Recycle project who, as soon as lockdown hit Scotland, started making scrubs, scrub bags and gowns. But it is their masks that are making the biggest impact.

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It’s all in a day’s shopping for

Lorna

 

For Lorna Woods, an early morning Monday rise signals time to go shopping rather than work.

Lorna, who retired early from Scottish Power, now volunteers with LEAP as a personal shopper and gets out early to avoid the queues outside the local supermarkets.

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Help is just a phone call away

  

The Covid crisis hasn’t stopped LEAP helping the most isolated people at this time as Alan Roden and Thomas Walton prove.

Thomas had been on LEAP’s waiting list for a one-to-one befriender such was the popularity of the charity’s scheme. Meanwhile, Alan had volunteered to be a telephone befriender after the person he used to visit as a befriender sadly passed away.

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service answers call from local charity

When LEAP wanted to promote its shopping and distant befriending services, Scottish Fire and Rescue’s South Lanarkshire Community Action Team stepped up to help deliver more than 10,000 leaflets to almost 120 shops and pharmacies across the district.

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Charity support still open to elderly needing a helping hand

 

Even with Covid 19 restrictions around social distancing and isolating, elderly charity LEAP is still managing to help people with emergency handyperson work and vital personal shopping services.

When NHS Lanarkshire called LEAP about Ian Macdonald, an outpatient from

East Kilbride, who was being supplied with a hospital bed at home, it stepped in

to help out.

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There's still some handy help out there

 

Even with Covid 19 restrictions around social distancing and isolating, elderly charity LEAP is still managing to help people with emergency handyperson work.

Peter McLafferty from Rutherglen phoned LEAP after his new washing machine had been delivered but not plumbed in.

Father and son Stuart and Calum McGregor were soon at Ian’s home to carry out the work.

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Surprise treat for Stonehouse group

 

Pupils at Newfield Primary in Stonehouse haven’t let coronavirus stop their Generation Friendship Group making an impact on the lives of the older people they have befriended.

 

The pupils had been welcoming the group into the school, including organising a birthday party for one of the group.

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Late Christmas present for elderly charity

 

The Mount Vernon branch of Howdens – Britain’s number one trade kitchen supplier – has made LEAP the recipient of its Christmas spirit this year.

 

The branch makes an annual donation to a local charity and this year decide to support LEAP with a cheque for £500.

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LEAP presented with Older People's Project of the Year award at Herald Society dinner.

Introducing the award, host Jennifer Reoch, the TV and radio presenter, said all the finalists had been exceptional.

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Emotional tribute is highlight of AGM

 

An emotional Steven Lees paid tribute to LEAP volunteers when he presented the Betty Lees Trophy – named after his grandmother – to inaugural winner Ann Robertson, LEAP’s Volunteer of the Year.

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Putting the clothes on their backs

 

Lanarkshire charity R:evolve Recycle is reporting rises in referrals to its clothing bank that could be outstripping rises to foodbanks.

 

In April, the Trussell Trust reported a 19 per cent rise in referrals to foodbanks and, though not on the same numbers scale, R:evolve has seen a 34 per cent rise in referrals to its clothing bank in 2018-19, and a 60 per cent rise in the number of people it is being asked to support.

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MSP visits new Hamilton R:evolve Recycle Shop

 

R:evolve Recycle has been working hard to provide an alternative to the wasteful high street shopping model since 2015. Rather than people throwing away their clothing they encourage swapping and sharing instead.

 

Christina McKelvie, local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, visited the new R:evolve premises at the heart of Hamilton Town Centre at 91 Quarry Street.

 

Anyone can drop in to the store and swap old clothing to earn points which they can use in exchange for a whole range of clothing including: shirts, jumpers, trousers, gym clothes, shoes and much more!

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Glasgow MSP finds the future is in the old ways

 

Glasgow MSP James Kelly is calling on the people of Rutherglen and beyond to become greener and make a positive impact on climate change following his visit to the town’s R:evolve Recycle store.

 

James already knew about and supported the work of LEAP, but with climate change being so high on people’s agendas just now, he wanted to find out

more about the sustainable fashion ethos of R:evolve Recycle’s projects.

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LEAP hails 'immense' volunteers

 

More than 70 volunteers gathered at the Cambuslang Institute during Volunteers Week to be applauded by LEAP, to whom they selflessly devote their spare time.

 

Volunteers from across South Lanarkshire attended the event, which started with LEAP Chair Gilbert Feron accepting an Investors in Volunteers Award from the volunteering organisation’s Allana Fotheringham.

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Remarkable R:evolvers smash fundraising target for Macmillan

 

Two amazing ladies from R:evolve Recycle have raised more than £1,600 (and rising) by walking the West Highland Way in just four days.

 

Taylor McKeown and Wendy Russell set off on Friday 10 May to cover almost a marathon distance every day to reach the finish line in Fort William on 13 May 

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Credit due for eggs-tra special delivery

 

For Jim Lannigan and Aaron Kerr, from Lanarkshire Credit Union, it felt better to

give than to receive this Easter, when they gave 50 chocolate eggs to LEAP to

hand out to people it supports.

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Leisure and Learning spring programme launched

 

Our Learning and Leisure spring programme of events for Cambuslang and Rutherglen, and Hamilton have both been launched.

 

You can find out all about the classes, and a lot more besides, in our spring newsletters. AND, you get the chance to let us know what you think of our Learning and Leisure services. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Surprise visitor makes former Ibrox caterer’s day

 

Lynn Robertson thought she had seen all the highs and lows at Ibrox, but was totally stunned when Broxi Bear turned up at her door to personally deliver a VIP tour of the famous Glasgow stadium.

 

The surprise visit was arranged by local charity LEAP after it heard from grandson

Jon Stonefield how Lynn had spent more than 22 years managing the members’ season ticket area catering from 1962 to 1984.

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Lottery award helps LEAP continue its leisure and learning programme

 

Lanarkshire Charity LEAP has secured more than £47,000 funding for its Leisure and Learning programme for older people in the area.

 

The charity was set up more than 25 years ago by older people in the Cambuslang area because of a lack of things for them to do.

 

That is still the base on which the charity works today, and the National Lottery award from The National Lottery Community Fund, totalling £47,140, will allow it to continue its activity programme for a further two years.

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Starring role for LEAP

 

Listen to Catriona MacGregor, Learning Co-ordinator, and Kevin Key, Handyperson Co-ordinator, talk to KJ on Camglen about our learning programme and the need for more handypersons across the Rutherglen and Cambuslang area.

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Unique recycle scheme wins Climate Challenge Fund award

 

LEAP Project’s R:evolve Recycle clothing shops have won this year’s Climate Challenge Fund Award for reducing waste.

 

They picked up the award at a ceremony which took place in Perth Concert Hall on 12 December, organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of the Scottish Government.

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Charity bags extra funds

 

Staff and volunteers from LEAP’s Hands On Project raise more than £415 in Asda bag pack day

 

Local elderly charity Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP) has raised more than £415 for its Hands On Project (HOP) through a bag packing day in Asda Blantyre.

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