Lottery cash makes huge difference in Falkirk

May Chamberlain, Fiona McMonagle, Margaret Beagley and Elaine Bett of Relationships Scotland. Picture: Michael Gillen (132757)
May Chamberlain, Fiona McMonagle, Margaret Beagley and Elaine Bett of Relationships Scotland. Picture: Michael Gillen (132757)

A £10,000 lottery grant from Awards for All has made a huge difference to a Falkirk-based organisation working to keep relationships strong and healthy.

Staff based at Relationships Scotland’s premises in Callendar Road offer a range of services to help couples and families who are going through difficulties or changes in their lives.

Earlier this year, the service appealed for funding to help it recruit volunteers and to offer support to those volunteers to help them grow in their role.

The successful application meant Relationships Scotland was able to recruit Fiona McMonagle as a volunteering co-ordinator to oversee the project for the next year.

Volunteers from across the area will be invited to consider posts with the charity which range from administration to counselling.

May Chamberlain, manager at Relationships Scotland’s Falkirk branch, said: “It’s a big boost for us.

“Our staff deal with a big, big area which covers three council areas, so it’s very busy and our time is very limited.

“Without this funding for a volunteering co-ordinator, it would be very difficult for our existing staff to recruit extra volunteers.

“We hope this project will encourage older and younger volunteers to get involved with Relationships Scotland.”

Volunteers are needed to fill important posts within the services, such as evening receptionist or daytime administrator to welcome clients and organise appointments.

Students studying appropriate courses at Strathclyde and Edinburgh universities are also welcome to apply to be volunteers.

Counselling training is 
also available at Relationships Scotland headquarters in 
Edinburgh.

May said: “Similar projects in the past have given us a boost. Fiona has been very busy talking to different groups in the community and she is doing a really good job. Volunteering opportunities are available for retired people and people who may have been made redundant.”

May added: “While the project is about recruiting volunteers, it also raises awareness of the services we offer.”

For more information on Relationships Scotland, contact the Falkirk branch on (01324) 670067.

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