Volunteers team up to boost CAB

TOP TEAM: some of the volunteers. Left to right are Megan O'Raw, Norma MacDonald, Nick Freeman, Peter Regan, Audrey Ford and Irene Crowe.
TOP TEAM: some of the volunteers. Left to right are Megan O'Raw, Norma MacDonald, Nick Freeman, Peter Regan, Audrey Ford and Irene Crowe.
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Volunteers from Motherwell, Bellshill and Carfin played their part in a painting and decorating project which saved a charity group over £1,000.

A team of eight helpers mucked in to carry out a variety of tasks in redecorating the Citizens Advice Bureau in Coatbridge.

They included Bellshill student Megan O’Raw, who is planning to study law at Glasgow University, Irene Crowe and Audrey Ford, who are both from Motherwell and employed by the Department for Work & Pensions, and Tina Doran, who is from Carfin and works at the Warburton’s bakery in Bellshill.

For some time, the public waiting area and interview rooms at the bureau’s premises in the Fountain Business Centre have needed a fresh lick of paint.

But lack of time available to the ever-busy team and the prospect of forking out a four-figure sum from the charity’s tight financial budget to hire painters have limited the organisation’s opportunity to get the decorating done.

That was until the Bureau, assisted by Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire and three corporate companies, DWP, Warburton’s and SSE renewables, set about compiling a team of volunteers willing to get their hands dirty to blitz the painting and decorating in one action packed and fun day.

Each of the companies involved promote employer supported volunteering, where they allow staff members allocated time off to give something back to the community.

Bureau manager Norma MacDonald said: “All the staff and volunteers at the Bureau are very grateful to the team of eight volunteers who came together and did a marvellous job in painting the premises.

“Everyone worked so hard to complete the job in one day.

“And it will make such a difference to volunteers and service users of the organisation, who will see a much cleaner and brighter looking Bureau when they visit in future.”