Staff help with compassion for LinkGiving

Staff from Larkfield Housing Association rolled up their sleeves recently to help Compassionate Inverclyde as part of LinkGiving 2017.

LinkGiving gives Link staff the opportunity to go the extra mile to help make a difference to the local communities in which Link has a presence.  It involves staff giving up some time from work to take part in voluntary activities to benefit local communities.

Compassionate Inverclyde is a volunteering project which runs a number of programmes and bereavement services within the community. They run a No One Dies Alone (NODA) programme which aims to support people who have no family of friends in the last few hours of life. 

They also give out Back Homes boxes to people who are due to be discharged from hospital and live alone. They recently located a store room in Inverclyde Royal Hospital where they can store and make up their Back Home boxes. 

Staff from Larkfield helped Compassionate Inverclyde move into their new facility and helped put together some supplies for the Back Home boxes.

Alison Bounce, Programme Lead for Compassionate Inverclyde (on secondment from Ardgowan Hospice) said: "This is a proud day for everyone who has supported the Back Home Boxes initiative. From Monday 13 November, any person being discharged from Inverclyde Royal Hospital who lives alone should get a Back Home Box containing some bare essentials, meaning they can enjoy a hot drink and a light snack when they get home.”

Lynne Griffin, Area Manager for Larkfield Housing Association added: “Compassionate Inverclyde is a brilliant project and we were delighted to be involved! The project encapsulates what Link giving is all about - helping communities make a big difference through small changes.”

Craig Sanderson, Chief Executive Link Group Ltd, said: “The enthusiasm and hard work shown by the LinkGiving team was fantastic and I am proud to hear that the project was a success.”

LinkGiving was established in 2009 and since then teams of Link employees have worked on a variety of projects, ranging from redecorating hostels for homeless people in Edinburgh, cleaning a stretch of the Forth and Clyde canal in Falkirk, improving the grounds at Camphill Blair Drummond to creating a garden space at the Hayfield Centre in Glasgow.