Gregory’s Girl star Clare Grogan visited Milngavie and spent the morning with carers, volunteers and staff members from the project which has been providing support and training to carers in East Dunbartonshire since 2004.
In particular, the former Altered Images singer learnt about Computing with Confidence, a three year project funded by Sport Relief, which enables volunteers to provide computer training to older carers within their own homes, helping older carers to be less isolated.
She presented certificates to volunteers who have dedicated many hours of their time to Carers Link, which is based at Milngavie Enterprise Centre, including teenager Paul Scott, who started volunteering when he was at school and is now a part-time member of staff.
The Computing with Confidence service also celebrated the milestone of training its 200th carer and had a cake made especially for the occasion.
Clare said: “One of the lovely things about Sport Relief is visiting projects like Carers Link and seeing where the money actually goes.
“It is a comfort to know that Carers Link exists as it obviously means a lot to the people I met today. Plus, I got to take home a big slice of cake!”
She was particularly impressed with carer Bill Wilson, who is 93 and received training at the project so he could create a book about his life for his family.
Bill loved meeting Clare, saying: “I very much enjoyed Clare’s visit, and I talked to her about my experiences during the war and showed her my photographs. I still don’t know everything about computing, but I am looking forward to continuing to learn more.”
Jennifer Roe, chief executive officer at Carers Link, added: “It was wonderful to hear everyone sharing stories today when Clare visited, and it was great to see different generations interacting and learning. We just wouldn’t be able to do this project without Sport Relief funding.”