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Kindness in Communities #3

Posted July 10th 2020 by Liz

Header with title 'Community Kindness in Eaglesham and Waterfoot! Update 3'

Even more stories from Eaglesham & Waterfoot

Read on for examples of community kindness from the communities in and around Eaglesham and Waterfoot!

Books for everyone

How fortunate are we to have such kind, community spirited people as Freya Young.  Thanks to Freya, the community has access to books once again. Over 100 books have been donated from local people. Freya is also offering weekly deliveries to people who are shielding or housebound.  She is extremely mindful of keeping everyone safe, so all the books are individually wrapped and there is hand sanitizer gel. People are also advised to wait 72 hours between getting their book and reading it. Imagine the anticipation! How’s that for going over and above to serve your community?


Key workers are superheroes

The results of the Eaglesham Fare “Eaglesham Assemble” Superhero Competition are in! In 1st Place – Orla McKean (5 years old), 2nd Place – Amber Barclay (3 years old), 3rd Place –  Aidan Roarty (10 years old). Well done to you all!

Photo of the winning drawing Picture of the 2nd place drawing, of a nurse and a rainbow 3rd place drawing

Looking after each other – with food and dance!

The volunteers at the Foodbank Collection Centre have been so grateful to the community for all their generous donations. They have been able to donate up to 100kg of food every week to the foodbank in East Renfrewshire! Fantastic!

If you’re not too keen on traditional exercise, why not sign up to “WeekdayWowfactor”? It’s a virtual daytime disco organised by Anne Currie, Eaglesham’s very own karaoke queen. Get on your dancing shoes in the privacy of your own home every Thursday (3-4PM). Anne keeps it new with an (optional) dress-up theme every week. She recently gave a socially distanced free concert for Montgomerie Court residents. Usually she volunteers for Age Concern, so she was really missing the karaoke sessions she normally provides.

Finding fairies in quarantine

Ian MacLeod has been busy raising money for CHAS by involving children and families in “Looking for Lost Fairies”.  15 fairies& elves were hiding in the bushes and trees around the Linn Factory grounds. Local artist Joyce Tyson helped bring the challenge to life by painting little fairy doors on the trees!  Gracie Fitzpatrick from Waterfoot found all the fairies and elves and returned them home. She won chocolates and her very own fairy as a prize!

As people enjoyed the activity so much, Ian has organised “The Great Quarantini Quest” running between the 6th-21st June (aimed at the adults this time!). ‘What are Quarantini’s?’, I hear you ask. They are 15 “mocktails” created by the fairies & elves to keep them hydrated whilst they were in hiding, such as Elderflower nectar and Rosehip Dew. To find out more about the venture, check out Ian’s page.

On a final note, Helen Dougall and her band of wonderful Self-Isolating Helping hands volunteers were honoured by East Renfrewshire Council’s Community Hub Team for Volunteer Week 2020.  Well done for a fantastic example of community-led response in times of crises to make sure everyone stays safe, well and connected.

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