The public waiting area and interview rooms at Coatbridge CAB had for some time been crying out for a fresh lick of paint. With resources so stretched and client demand so high though, the idea of spending four-figure sums on interior décor was not an option, so it seemed it was one of those jobs that needed done but was permanently on the back-burner.
That was until the Bureau, assisted by Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire and three corporate companies, pulled together a rather unique team of volunteers willing to get their hands dirty to blitz the painting and decorating in one busy and fun-packed day.
The team of handy painters was made up of two employees of the Department for Work and Pensions, two from SSE Renewables, one from Warburton’s Bellshill, and a further three willing members of the Coatbridge community. Each of the companies promote employer supported volunteering, where they give their staff members time off to give something back to the community.
As they gathered at the CAB at 8am last Friday, most of the eight volunteers had never met one another. By 4pm, they had organised themselves as a team, worked hard, had a laugh, and completed all the painting that was required, refreshing the look of the Bureau for volunteers and clients alike.
Norma MacDonald, Manager of CAB, said:
“All the staff and volunteers at the Bureau are very grateful to the team who came together and did a marvellous job in painting the premises.
“Everyone worked so hard to complete the job in one day, and it will make such a difference to volunteers and clients, who will see a much cleaner and brighter looking Bureau when they visit in future.
“The Bureau has such a fast-paced environment, and although it sounds like a simple job to organise a bit of painting, it’s not easy to find time, helpers and resources when demand for our service is higher than ever and funding is tighter than ever.
“So what the eight volunteers did for us was fantastic, and we wanted to let them know how much we appreciated what they did by presenting them each with a certificate of recognition to say thank you.
“I would like to give an extra special mention to Coatbridge’s Peter Regan, who did an outstanding job in leading the team of volunteers on the day. Peter is a recently retired painter and decorator, and his skills and equipment were invaluable in helping the team complete the job to a good standard.”