Vital work of charity praised by celebrity
A West Lothian charity that has given vital support in its community over the past 40 years has proved it will continue to have a bright future.
TV presenter Gail Porter helped the Craigshill community re-launch SPARK (formally Craigshill Good Neighbour Network).
Over 100 locals gathered they became the very first organisation to receive Diversity Scotland’s Charter Mark.
Members, volunteers, businesses, corporate organisations and representatives from all parts of the Craigshill community gathered together to celebrate the work that Spark does and to highlight the continued need for financial and practical support going forward.
At an emotionally charged event, Gail said “At my lowest point I didn’t have anyone to talk to.
“I just needed help. I wish I had somewhere like Spark. Community support is so very important. Even just a smiling face makes the darkest day a little brighter.”Tony McCaffrey, Founder of Diversity Scotland who presented CEO Jane Deary and her staff with the charter mark and training certificates said: “Spark receives the Gold Charter Mark because of the exemplary work that they do in terms of creating a sense of belonging and inclusion the community in West Lothian.
“I have been incredibly impressed with the respite care earlier this year and how they fit inclusion into every single aspect of the services they offer.”
Colin Williamson, Spark member and volunteer entertained and moved the gathered crowd with his storytelling, telling them how vital the charity has been in his life, adding: “I’m eternally grateful to Jane and her team. Finally I’m accepted.”