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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.