Parliamentary praise for award-winning Shopper-Aide

Rhoda Grant MSP, left, with Susan Paterson, centre, and Joan Stewart, right, of Shopper-Aide during a 2018 visit to Campbeltown.
Rhoda Grant MSP, left, with Susan Paterson, centre, and Joan Stewart, right, of Shopper-Aide during a 2018 visit to Campbeltown.

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Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant has submitted a parliamentary motion congratulating Campbeltown charity Shopper-Aide on being honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Shopper-Aide was one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the award, which is the highest a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Mrs Grant visited the charity in the summer of 2018 and learned about its work supporting people in Kintyre aged over 60 by offering shopping services, housekeeping and planning social activities like Elderberries where clients meet for lunch and take part in arts and crafts, quizzes and bingo.

Since then, she has remained supportive of the charity and has given her written support for funding.

Mrs Grant said: ‘This charity is so deserving of this award and I’m proud of all of the volunteers.

‘When I visited them back in 2018, I felt so inspired by the staff and volunteers and their commitment to fighting isolation in the Kintyre area. This charity is truly an asset to the area.

‘Isolation is an issue nationally, especially in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, but it is particularly concerning in rural areas where resources are limited.

‘To see a charitable organisation tackle this issue head-on and for that to be recognised is great to see.’