Local teenagers make good use of spare time

010213  Linlithgow academy pupils help out at bield sheltered housing at linlithgow.
010213 Linlithgow academy pupils help out at bield sheltered housing at linlithgow.

TWO local lads have decided to further their education by helping out at a Linlithgow care home.

Kyle McLachlan and Ross Hunter (both 17) are Linlithgow Academy pupils, but in their spare time they volunteer as ‘befrienders’ at the Bield West Port Resource Centre, helping out with the residents’ social activities.

Head boy Kyle McLachlan has volunteered for the past year, adding: “I thoroughly enjoy having the opportunity to form relationships with older people and would urge others thinking of volunteering to get involved.”

His experience at the centre has inspired him to continue volunteering and to pursue a career in healthcare.

Fellow sixth year Ross Hunter has been at the care home for a year and a half, gaining valuable experience to help him in his dream to become a doctor.

He said: “I enjoy getting to know people and finding out about their interesting lives, and my time at West Port has been so rewarding. I find the best thing about volunteering is seeing people enjoying themselves through the activities we assist in.”

The centre have also appreciated the boys’ input, and manager Carol Robertson added: “We are delighted to have both Ross and Kyle onboard and they have proven themselves as responsible and dedicated volunteers over the past year.

“They are hugely popular with our care users and the boys have developed a great rapport with everyone at West Port Resource Centre which we hope can continue.”