Being a volunteer is a growth opportunity

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A CHANCE to change lives – including your own. That’s what volunteering is all about, according to a local group which has contacted the News & Chronicle for help.

Watch Us Grow which is based in the picturesque surroundings of Palacerigg Country Park wants to increase its pool of helpers who provide a lifeline to members in the groundbreaking gardening project.

The organisation is aimed at adults with a learning disability or those experiencing mental health problems – and cannot run smoothly without the help provided by 20 big-hearted locals who perform a number of different roles.

Project co-ordinator Ann McCulloch said: “We couldn’t do what we do without our marvellous volunteers.

They are fantastic. There are a lot of different things that people can get involved in. They might be interested in gardening or woodwork or fundraising for us.

Ann acknowledges that many of volunteers are retirees with an enviable range of life experience and professional skills behind them – but that she would like to see people of all ages coming forward to make their own special contribution.

“We would welcome senior school pupils for example. When people of this age have worked with us before they bring a lot to it and everyone has loved them because they have a different set of interests.

“Doing volunteer work is also a very good thing to put on a CV – it really improves people skills, ” said Ann.

For full story, see this week’s Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle dated Wednesday, July 25.

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