Clare Adamson MSP this week attended Motherwell-based social enterprise LAMH Recycle Ltd, to learn about their new project, entitled ‘Changes for the Better’.
The SNP Parliamentarian was given a tour of the facility by LAMH Recycle Ltd’s, Barbara Boertien and Pamela Boyle, accompanied by Andrew Lindsay of Big Lottery Fund Scotland and Michelle Brown of the Bank of Scotland who have both supported the project.
LAMH Recycle Ltd are a social enterprise with charitable status who provide training, volunteering and employment opportunities within a supportive work environment for people facing barriers to employment. These opportunities are provided within an inclusive and supportive environment at their base in Motherwell. The services they provide to organisations and the public include sale and repair of IT equipment, office clearances, training solutions and a full range of recycling services.
Their latest project, Improving Lives, is aimed at disadvantaged people living in the local community who are experiencing mental health issues, long-term health conditions, loneliness or social isolation. The project was awarded £100,000 by the Big Lottery Fund and is being supported by staff at the Bank of Scotland who volunteer to act as ‘digital champions’ to help those who use the project improve their IT skills. The project aims to take 70 participants from the local community over a two-year period who will help create community-based recycling activities, with a focus on mental health and well-being.
Commenting on the visit, Ms Adamson said:
“It was excellent to learn about the fantastic work that LAMH Recycle Ltd are doing in Motherwell & Wishaw and across Lanarkshire. I was really impressed by their facilities and the professionalism of everyone I met during my visit.
“This latest project will be a great opportunity for those in the local area who to help them develop confidence and life–skills. It’s great that a big focus of the project will be on digital inclusion which can be a barrier for some people.
I was especially moved to hear from Ricky Dawson at LAMH Recycle Ltd, who told me all about how his life was turned around when he participated in one of the LAMH projects, which he said gave him a reason to get up in the morning. Ricky is now a full-time member of staff and LAMH Recycle Ltd’s biggest advocate.
“I am sure that this latest project will be a success and I wish the team the very best for the future.