All Online – Attendees at Leap’s AGM

LEAP didn’t let COVID stand in the way of fulfilling its business this year by holding its AGM online.

Staff, board members and guests joined in the e-AGM to hear how LEAP had carried out business during 2019-20, and how the COVID pandemic had affected business toward the end of that financial year.

The year had seen record investment in the charity with income at its highest ever at more than £687,000, the majority of which came through funding grants.

It was also a record year in terms of referrals to LEAP’s services and the number of volunteer hours – almost 30,000 hours – given to support older people in South Lanarkshire.

Other highlights of the year included:

  • staff supporting other charities such as raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support by walking the West Highland Way
  • R:evolve Recycle opening a new shop in Hamilton and seeing referrals to its clothing bank grow
  • LEAP’s Investing in Volunteers accreditation reviewed and renewed
  • Taking on new premises on Hamilton Road at Tollpitch and starting work on renovations.
  • And to round off 2019, being awarded the Herald Society’s Older Persons Project of the Year – a truly momentous achievement for such a small charity.

Commenting on the year, Stuart McGregor, executive director, said: “It was certainly a bit strange holding an AGM online but, given current circumstances, it was the only way we could fulfil our legal obligations.

“The audience may have been smaller than usual but that didn’t detract from proceedings. It was good to report a record year and guests such as David Reid from South Lanarkshire Council appreciated the work we had put in over the year.

“I was also able to update everyone on our response to the pandemic, including moving befriending services to friendship calls, continuing with emergency handyperson work, holding online activities and introducing a pharmacy and shopping service for people with no other means of support.

“We couldn’t have done any of this without an incredibly talented and committed staff team, and volunteers continuing to give their time regardless of the situation.

“I am extremely grateful for their efforts and proud of what they have achieved. It puts LEAP in a great position to continue to enhance the lives of older people in our communities.”

To find out more about LEAP, and what it achieved last year, visit www.leap-project.co.uk, or call 0141 641 5169 if you want to find out more about volunteering with LEAP.

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