Charity marks Volunteers Week

Volunteers who help thousands of grieving Scots through the pain of bereavement have been thanked for their work.
Volunteers who help thousands of grieving Scots through the pain of bereavement have been thanked for their work.

Dedicated volunteers who every year help thousands of grieving Scots through the pain of

bereavement have been recognised for their exceptional work.

Cruse Scotland, the nation’s bereavement charity which provides support to anyone going through

the pain of loss, is only able to fully function thanks to its loyal and highly trained volunteers.

Now to mark Volunteers Week 2016 (June 1-12), the charity has paid a warm tribute to its dedicated army of volunteers, praising their selfless efforts in supporting others.

The very nature of the work Cruse Scotland volunteers undertake can be highly sensitive and

emotionally challenging.

However, their commitment means more than 4000 Scots people in Scotland every year are

supported through the grief and pain of bereavement which, without help, can lead to stress, illness and time off work.

Many affected by bereavement use Cruse Scotland’s National Helpline 0845 600 2227 to get in touch.

In all, Cruse Scotland volunteers’ contribution adds up to more than 34,000 hours of support every year, with an economic value of more than £1m.

Cruse Scotland’s chief executive Stewart Wilson marked Volunteers Week 2016 – the annual

celebration of the work carried out by the UK’s unsung heroes – by sending a message of thanks to the charity’s 350 volunteers for their exceptional work.

He said: “They are fantastic. Our volunteers give their valuable time to counsel support others and to undergo the intense training they need to take on the role.

Thomas Saveall won the Project Spotlight Volunteer award at the Citizens Advice Scotland conference. He was presented with a silver Quaich by HRH Princess Anne. Picture - Stewart Attwood''''All images � Stewart Attwood Photography 2019.  All other rights are reserved. Use in any other context is expressly prohibited without prior permission. No Syndication Permitted.

Taylor Wimpey have confirmed directly with local Councillor Nathan Wilson that the organisation retains its commitment to building a park and ride at Shieldmuir Train Station. In response to recent enquiries made by Councillor Wilson, Taylor Wimpey have advised that engagement is taking place with Network Rail over the latter’s approval procedures and that once this process is complete, work will be able to begin on site. The developer has informed the Motherwell Councillor that during the period of investigation undertaken since the commencement of building work was delayed in January 2018, an unrecorded service chamber has been discovered on site. The project cannot move forward until further clarification is provided on the nature of the service chamber and Taylor Wimpey are in the process of commissioning a contractor to assess the situation. The developer’s initial judgement is that this is likely a redundant service. A senior representative of the organisation has also informed Councillor Wilson that a member of the Taylor Wimpey production team will be sent out to inspect the vacant land following a request he made at the beginning of 2019 for maintenance work to be carried out on site should construction of the park and ride remain some time away. Councillor Nathan Wilson said: “Taylor Wimpey have communicated to me directly that the park and ride facility is a project that the organisation remains committed to delivering. “However, it goes without saying that the lengthy delay is still very disappointing and frustrating. “An unrecorded service chamber has been identified on site and progress is unable to be made until this has been investigated. “Taylor Wimpey have relayed to me that an on-site inspection of the vacant land will take place and I hold to the view that maintenance work should be carried out in the short term to improve it’s current condition. “I will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders and re-inforce to them the importance of the park and ride project locally. Motherwell and Wishaw CAB takes home 40 per cent of the prizes

“Many join Cruse Scotland simply because they want to be involved in helping other people.

“Most, if not all, have been touched by a loss at some stage in their life and may well have been helped by a Cruse Scotland volunteer and want to give something back.”

He added: “Each year they provide more than 34,000 hours of support. The economic value of what they do is estimated at £1 million.”