IT’S been a bumper month for southside charity Cosgrove Care as it celebrated its 50th anniversary.
First up was its annual supported employment awards ceremony where over 30 families watched a loved one being recognised for their achievements.
Nicola Diamond, community fundraising officer for Cosgrove, told The Extra: “We are always looking for employers to come forward if they are able to give any of our young people the opportunity of paid employment.
“This really does boost the confidence of our service users and helps them become and feel like valued members of society.
“We also job coach our service users to help them settle in at the beginning of their employment”.
The unique scheme was set up in 2007 to help overcome the exclusion experienced by people with learning difficulties.
It enables people with learning disabilities the opportunity to access realistic work experience and gain national qualifications.
On June 26, the charity then celebrated its 50th anniversary with a Big Day Out and an ABBA Fever concert.
The event was well attended by locals with a range of attractions and activities to suit fun seekers of all ages.
Sainsbury’s Darnley also participated and brought along space hoppers youngsters and a bottle stall for adults.
Linda Davidson, volunteer co-ordinator who helped organise the event, said: “It took a long time to arrange and there was a lot of co-ordinating involved but it was all worth it as everyone said they had a great time.
“Of course, the day wouldn’t have run so smoothly if it wasn’t for all the staff and volunteers who pulled together and helped out on the day.
“If it was not for them, Cosgrove wouldn’t be able to run an event on the scale of the Big Day Out”.
Later in the evening, the event moved to Eastwood park theatre to watch entertainment from ABBA Fever organised by volunteer Richard Kaye.
Nicola Diamond said: “The raffles at both events raised over £500.
“This was only possible because so many local businesses and individuals donated such fantastic prizes.
“The charity would like to to thank Slaters Menswear, Curves, Mearns Castle Golf Academy, Sportykids, Giffnock Dry Cleaners, Hodgkinson the Jewellers, September Skies, Mr Singh’s, Sainsbury’s, Julie Lyall, Paramount Design and Greens”.
Cosgrove’s chief executive, Walter Hecht added: “On Sunday, over £2,000 was raised for Cosgrove Care.
“This was only possible because of Linda and Richard’s commitment and dedication.
“I would like to say how grateful everyone at Cosgrove is for the time they both put into arranging the day’s events”.