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Fairhill Co-op Celebrate 100th Week
Fairhill Food Co-op have celebrated their 100th week in business.
The community gathered in the Lifestyles Centre last Thursday to mark the occasion.
And there was plenty of fun and games for people to join in with as well.
Liz Jamieson, development worker with Community Links (South Lanarkshire), said: “The food co-op was originally set up by Community Links in May 2014 to tackle food poverty and was one of nine community co-ops to open across South Lanarkshire.
Originally funded by Big Lottery’s Support & Connect Fund, Community Links have continued to support a number of the co-ops as part of community development work across five key areas in South Lanarkshire after the co-op funding ended in summer 2015.
“To celebrate the special 100th Fairhill Food Co-op, a health and wellbeing event was held. Residents of Fairhill were offered free giveaways and took part in a number of fun games and activities. Volunteers and staff dressed up in an array of colourful costumes, and free fruit and veg was offered to those who took part in the ‘hula hoop fitness challenge’ and ‘healthy word search’ to win a basket of fruit.
"The food co-ops are run by members of the community who dedicate their time and valuable
skills to ensure their smooth running."
Volunteer Pauline Corry said: “Volunteering at the food co-op helped me so much. It helped build my confidence and overcome my anxiety, as well as saving me from sitting around doing nothing and feeling down.
“I’ve been able to meet a lot of new people. I spend a lot of time with my parents, so it gave me something to talk about with them and tell them about my day.
“Since volunteering, I have managed to get a job, and I was able to get references for my volunteering. The Jobcentre have even asked me to come in and talk to people who have been in a similar situation as me, and talk about my success.”
Robert Weir, who also volunteers at the co-op, added: “Volunteering at the co-op gives me a reason to get up in the morning. Since I started, I have improved my skills and learned a lot of new things which has helped build my confidence.
“The support from Community Links has helped to keep me going – it’s amazing what the workers do to help the community and help support their volunteers.
“I’ve also been given help and support when I was worried about sorting out benefits. I was offered assistance from the SELECT IT project – also run by Community Links – who reassured and helped me through the process.”
The food co-op is in the Lifestyles Centre every Thursday, 10am-3pm.
And the Fairhill Community Group are always looking for new members. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 24, at 6pm and will be held in the South Lanarkshire Lifestyle.