A dedicated member of Claremont Parish Church, East Kilbride, along with her team of young volunteers, has been recognised for her role as the 'lynchpin' in an elderly befriending scheme which has also been praised in both the Scottish and Westminster parliaments.
Mrs Avril Anderson, 74, a community councillor and congregational board member, began the Calderglen Befriending Project over four years ago after noticing a need in the community and forming a partnership with Odette Frazer, depute head teacher of Calderglen High School.
Mrs Anderson, Ms Frazer and the students were presented with certificates recognising the success of their work at the Generations Working Together Recognition Awards ceremony at Strathclyde University. Last year, at the same awards, Mrs Anderson was named Volunteer of the Year.
The Provost of South Lanarkshire Elaine Logan has also presented the group with East Kilbride and District Crime Prevention Panel's Silver Salver Award no less than four times.
Each year new 6th year students from the school are paired with elderly community members, around 80% of them from the Claremont Parish Church congregation. The befrienders call in for one hour each week to help out around the house or just to chat.
After viewing the scheme's success, MSP Linda Fabiani and MP Lisa Cameron have both urged other schools to create similar befriending projects.
Read the full story on the Church of Scotland website