A MOTHERWELL charitable organisation is set to expand its work after moving into newer and bigger premises.
LAMH Recycle is a social enterprise, with charitable status, which provides workplace opportunities within a supportive environment for people who may have been out of work for a long period.
This may be due to long-term health problems, family circumstances or other personal issues and those concerned may want to develop their skills to make a return to work a realistic and attainable ambition.
As part of a major expansion the group has moved to newer and bigger premises in Range Road, Motherwell, and a formal opening event was held to celebrate this.
MP Frank Roy performed the official ceremony with other dignitaries in attendance including MSP John Pentland, North Lanarkshire Council chief executive Gavin Whitefield and council leader Jim McCabe.
The organisation’s social agenda is reinforced by the strong environmental focus of its business activities - can recycling and computer equipment recycling, refurbished PC sales and associated services.
Since it was established in 1999, over 18 million cans have been recycled, 1,500 tonnes of redundant computer equipment diverted from landfill, 7,000 refurbished PC systems for community use and 500 individuals assisted to mainstream employment.
Admin/finance and HR manager Anita Boyle said: “This is a major step forward for the organisation particularly in the current economic situation.
“It gives us the much-needed capacity to expand our recycling and waste management activities to local industry and, in doing so, we are then able to offer more employability development opportunities for local unemployed.”
Mr Roy said: “It is great to see LAMH Recycle Ltd expand and grow and continue to help support those who have suffered from long-term unemployment.
“In the current difficult economic times social enterprises like LAMH Recycle Ltd provide a vital service and help in our community and I wish them well in this next stage.”