Charity group gets backing from MSPs

Yooz Project  Michael McMahon
Yooz Project Michael McMahon

A CHARITY organisation based in Mossend has been given the official backing of MSPs at the Scottish Parliament.

The Yooz project was the subject of a Parliamentary motion proposed by local MSP Michael McMahon following a visit to its reuse and recycle centre in Unthank Road.

And more than 20 MSPs have added their names to the motion which praises the group for its work in reclaiming excess and reusable materials from a variety of sources such as construction sites, kitchen suppliers, shop fitters, depots and schools that would have otherwise been sent to skips.

Chief executive Ian Strachan said the project, which raises funds for the community and sports charity Active4All, was overwhelmed by the number of MSPs of all parties who were enthusiastic about its environmental and community objectives.

He said: “A Parliamentary Motion is a document that will forever be a part of the Parliamentary records which is great news for the Yooz team.

“Yooz are really delighted that our social enterprise has been recognised as a credible, worthwhile and sustainable project that has a place of importance within Scotland.”

Michael McMahon, Labour MSP for Uddingston and Bellshill, said: “The enthusiasm of the management and staff is infectious and it comes as no surprise that the project is expanding so quickly given the dedication of all concerned.

“They cannot do it all on their own however and would benefit from government support in pursuing their aim of business success for the benefit of vulnerable individuals and hard pressed communities. I hope the necessary assistance will be forthcoming.”

Central Scotland list MSP Richard Lyle, who has backed Mr McMahon’s motion, added: “I would like to congratulate the Yooz team on the excellent work they do in the community providing unique work and training placements for unemployed individuals and volunteers.”

In just three years Yooz Project has diverted over 2,400 tonnes from going to landfill, re-directing approximately 30 tonnes every week.

The materials they collect are sold to the public at a discount to encourage people to think about the positive impact they can have on the environment.