Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP) is an award winning service which covers 9 areas in the South Lanarkshire area including East Kilbride, Hamilton, Blantyre, Bothwell, Uddingston, Cambuslang, Rutherglen, Strathaven and Stonehouse. They provide practical assistance to people over 50 years of age who are experiencing difficulties due to their physical or mental health. The Hands On Projects main aims are to help combat loneliness, isolation and help people feel safer in their own homes, therefore increasing confidence and self esteem of the people who use our service.

They also offer a handy person service of small tasks such as changing light bulbs, hanging curtains, cleaning inside of windows around the home and many more.

They currently have a waiting list in all areas and are desperately in need of new volunteers.

So, what does a volunteer do? We asked one of their local volunteers to give us her perspective of the role.

“I was directed towards the local Volunteer Centre through the job centre and I then found out about the Hands on Project. I am a befriender and have been volunteering with the Hands On Project for almost 3 years and I volunteer between 2 and 6 hours a week.

I really enjoy going to visit my clients and look forward to it every week. Some of the clients are very lonely and don’t see many people on a weekly basis and really enjoy us visiting for a chat and a cuppa.  It a great feeling knowing I am helping someone. It’s especially great to see the ones who are more able getting out the house; meeting new friends and building their confidence back up.”

“Volunteering with HOP is great fun and I have a great laugh when visiting my clients. I am helping people to smile and its building up my confidence as well as the clients. I am also getting out the house more and finding out what is going on in my local area.  I have been invited to lots of training such as Emergency First Aid, Moving and Handling, Bereavement Awareness and there are lots more on offer during the year. 

“If you’re thinking about volunteering just go for it!  I am sure you will enjoy it.”

If you would like to find out more about Befriending or Handyperson volunteering opportunities, please give the charity a call on 01355 433 102. All volunteers will be given training for their role and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.