The Lions Club, Longford, in conjunction with key local groups and individuals is launching ‘Community Pride’, a volunteer initiative in the Longford Town area. ‘Community Pride’ will afford community members the opportunity to volunteer in local projects in an effort to enhance the area and improve the town’s image.
Many people who are long term unemployed or who have recently lost their jobs may feel disconnected from society. It is believed that they would benefit most from being involved in such a positive local initiative. Recently retired people are also asked to get involved. Full or part-time employees are welcome to contribute if they so wish.
“It’s all about pride in our community and doing things for ourselves in an effort to feel better about ourselves and our community,” says Andy Smith of the Lions Club, Longford.
It is envisaged that people will gather each Friday at 12 noon in Longford where they will be assigned a specific task. They will work for two hours, break for one hour, have a group lunch and afterwards return for two further hours work.
Andy O’Dowd of Longford Tidy Towns is well aware of the town’s areas that could do with a bit of a lift and adds: “I am so delighted to see Longford people coming together for such a positive reason and I trust that local people will respond in large numbers in these challenging times”.
A public meeting will be held on Thursday May 3 in the Longford Arms Hotel at 8pm to launch this initiative, which will be starting on May 14 to coincide with National Volunteer Week. For further information contact Andy Smith at 0872549383. To register as a volunteer please call Terri Doherty (volunteer coordinator) at 0872915367.