Maryhill staff and board to embark on community volunteering project

Maryhill housing associationStaff and board members from Maryhill Housing Association are all set to do their bit for their local community.

Scores of them are heading out into the Maryhill and Ruchill communities for their first-ever “Wee Volunteer Project”.

Months in the planning, the unprecedented effort will see staff and board members get stuck in to undertake a range of projects to help local people.

It is the first time anything on this scale has been done and represents a new level of community engagement by Maryhill Housing Association.

The volunteering day this Wednesday will include a range of projects including:

  • A community clean up as a direct response to concerns of untidy areas which residents have highlighted
  • Painting and restoring neglected railings to good condition
  • Cleaning up the grounds of a local special needs school
  • Providing musical entertainment at the Association’s two sheltered housing complexes while games, home baking and afternoon tea is also on the menu
  • Helping out at Greater Maryhill Food Bank
  • Tidying up a popular community garden in Ruchill
  • Volunteering with a youth and family support project by helping with arts, crafts and sports activities.
  • Lynn Wassell, chief executive, said: “The launch of our first Wee Volunteer project is a brilliant opportunity for us to get out there into the heart of our local communities.

    “Like all housing associations we place great emphasis on community engagement and we want to do our best for people living in Maryhill and Ruchill. This is the first time our whole team has come together to undertake voluntary work on this scale.

    “We’re really excited and looking forward to the day and feel sure this will bring benefits to the local community.”

    Organiser Ruth Adam said: “Our Board and staff members have risen magnificently to the challenge. We’re also getting great support from City Building and our funders RBS.

    “Getting out there and doing our bit shows how committed we are to helping the community.”

    The Association’s staff and board are being ably assisted by volunteers from Royal Bank of Scotland who are coming along on the day to lend a hand along with staff from City Building whose technical expertise is to be put to good use on things like painting railings.

    RBS are the Association’s bankers while City Building carry out the repairs work to tenants’ homes. The housing association has thanked both organisations for their willingness to participate along with Community Safety Glasgow.

    Maryhill Housing Association is one of the largest housing associations in Glasgow with a strong track record of building new homes and regeneration work in the communities of Ruchill and Maryhill.


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