The nominations are in

Last week we launched the search for East Renfrewshire’s volunteer of the year.

The annual event is held by MP Jim Murphy and MSP Ken Macintosh, and this year’s awards include the Eastwood Extra readers community champion, with the winner chosen by public vote.

Here are the top three nominations:

I would like to nominate Helen Baille, head coach for St Cadocs Youth Club Netball.

Helen is 49 years old and has been coaching netball since she was 16, and her dad founded St Cadocs Youth Club.

Helen left the netball team four years ago due to family committments and returned in December 2012.

She returned by request as the netball arm of the youth club was about to fold due to lack of coaches.

Helen asked me to take care of the administration, and brought in a team of young women and girls who had trained and/or coached with her over the years.

We have developed these young women into fantastic coaches, enhancing their skills in the netball environment by putting them through coaching badges and umpire qualifications.

The netball club has gone from 53 members in December 2012 to almost 130 today.

Helen lives in Newton Mearns and is a well kent face and well known in the community.

She partipates in numerous fundraising activities for football and charity groups, and always seems to be helping someone or other out.

A very worthy champion.

Cathie Devlin, St Cadocs Youth Club Netball

Perhaps unusually, but I would wish to nominate a group of volunteers who are committed to providing a caring, loving, stimulating environment to people living with dementia and, at the same time, offering Carers support and a regular break.

Our volunteers provide lunch, activities, music and afternoon tea each Thursday in Mearns Kirk Hall.

The response from members and carers is very positive and we are committed to providing a responsive support package to all our members.

Isobel Dawson, Mearns Kirk (more on the group on p6 of this week’s paper)

For volunteer of the year I would like to nominate Hamish McGeoch.

It’s not just in recognition of his work this year but every year he undertakes a number of remedial and volunteer jobs at our grounds including painting, fixing issues with the grandstand, car park attendant, gardening, picking up litter and generally helping to maintain the club grounds.

Rangi Jericevich GHA Rugby Club

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