Glasgow volunteers give back to Erskine veterans
13 June 2017
The Glasgow team take a breather from their work on the Erskine Estate
Residents of Erskine Park, a care home for veterans living with dementia, are making the most of their newly spruced up garden this summer, thanks to a team of volunteers from our Glasgow (South) Maintenance team.
Erskine is a charity that provides nursing, residential, respite and dementia care for veterans and their spouses. It has four purpose-built facilities across Scotland, in addition to 44 cottages on the Erskine Estate in Bishopton for veterans and their families.
To coincide with National Dementia Awareness Week, a nine-strong team from our Glasgow (South) Maintenance team spent the day in the home’s Normandy Garden. While there, they sanded down and repainted railings around the garden’s summerhouse, mended and painted 12 wooden chairs and three tables, as well as tidied the garden.
They volunteered their services as part of our Community Action Programme, as Colin Dodds, who organised the day, explained: “We run a scheme in which every employee gets one day each year on company time to help in their local community. Erskine is well known in our community for its sterling work and we saw it as the perfect opportunity for us to give something back to the men and women we owe so much to.”
Lesley Wylie, Manager of Erskine Park, said: “We were delighted when the SGN team visited Erskine Park to help us repaint the garden furniture and summerhouse. Our veterans spend a lot of time in the gardens and the furniture was in need of refurbishment. Residents have already commented on how lovely the garden looks now. We really can’t thank them enough.”
The newly spruced-up summerhouse and garden furniture