Volunteering makes a difference at Ashkirk’s ‘Stable Life’

The Eildon Housing Association staff worked  with good cheer, humour and  determination.

The Eildon Housing Association staff worked with good cheer, humour and determination.

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Five Eildon Housing Association staff reported to local charity ‘Stable Life’ to give a half day’s voluntary work as part of its ‘Makes a Difference’ programme.

Based in Ashkirk, ‘Stable Life’, provides a safe, nurturing and learning experience using the horse and its environment to help young people reach their full potential.

It supports vulnerable people, aged between 10-18 years who may be experiencing social, emotionalor behavioural issues.

On arrival, the Eildon staff were handed pots of paint and brushes and given their mission – to white-wash a wall in one of the stables and were given until 3 pm to complete their task. This was completed within the first half hour!

They were then given another mission to paint stalls 2 and 4 in the stable, and they ran out of paint before lunch time and had to get more supplies. Not only did they paint stalls 2 and 4, but 1 and3 as well.

Eildon chief executive Nile Istephan said: “Eildon staff have a great track record in raising money for good causes through a range of activities and this year we have decided to trial a new initiative ‘Eildon Makes a Difference’ which is a voluntary scheme enabling staff to spend a normal half day at work each year volunteering rather than undertaking their normal activities.”

Nicola Glendinning, operations manager at Stable Life commented: “The ‘Eildon A team’ worked so hard all day with good cheer, humour and determination and despite a very dreich, damp and dismal day their efforts brightened up our shed and this hands-on support is very much appreciated by us all at Stable Life.”

Irene Wielbo, one of the volunteers, commented: “We felt that we achieved a lot in the time given and “Stable Life” said that they were thrilled that the whole shed had been given a makeover!

“Speaking on behalf of the group, we all really enjoyed the experience and were glad to be of help to such a deserving charity.”