Co-op’s cash boost for Volunteer Centre Angus

AN ANGUS charity, based in Arbroath and with a one-acre vegetable and fruit farm at House of Dun, is celebrating a cash boost from the Co-op.

Volunteer Centre Angus has been given £1,950 to help it run the PRAXIS Life Skills Centre, an innovative volunteering project which helps tackle major issues faced by people in society today.

The PRAXIS project is run by volunteering effort, with volunteer mentors supporting people who have significant barriers to volunteering, education and employment to achieve their full potential.

The project also organises groups of unemployed young volunteers to carry out activities in the community such as environmental improvements, and to undertake tasks for older or disabled people within our communities.

The funding is part of the Co-operative Awards nationally for voluntary and charity organisations.

The PRAXIS Life Skills Centre opened a year ago and already more than 200 people have improved their wellbeing or employment and education prospects through being involved.

PRAXIS is unique to Angus and has already been viewed as a success story which is to be replicated in other areas.

Top government officials and politicians, including Home Secretary Theresa May, have visited the PRAXIS Life Skills Centre.

Most of the funding that goes into the PRAXIS Life Skills Centre is through donations by the public or grants and trusts.

Gary Malone, manager of Volunteer Centre Angus, said: “We require the support of local grants and trusts and people to help and develop this important initiative.

“Everyone’s a winner under the PRAXIS centre. Those who participate will definitely increase their wellbeing and employment opportunities and the other beneficiaries are the communities and the elderly people.

“I stress again that it is really important that people work together to support people in communities and make our communities a better place to live. We can indeed be very proud of the high levels of participation of volunteering in Angus and the PRAXIS Centre is another example of the initiative and excellent work getting done by the people of Angus.”

Mr Malone accepted a cheque for £1,950 from Margaret Leighton and Garry Lyall, representing the Co-op.

Anyone interested in volunteering or supporting the work of the project should contact