Motherwell-based Colin Weir, Manager of Befriend Motherwell has been nominated as a Local Hero by Graham Simpson, MSP.
In July all 129 MSPs were invited to nominate a constituent who makes a positive difference to the lives of others – often with little recognition - as their Local Hero.
Taking place in early October, all Local Heroes will make a contribution to the Scottish Parliament’s Opening Ceremony events to mark the start of the new parliamentary session.
Colin, 39, has made sure the organisation, Befriend Motherwell kept going during lockdown providing wellbeing packs to 65 people a week.
They produced a DVD and musical CD for people and did shopping and picked up prescriptions.
They have around 40 volunteers who can visit people in their homes and take them on visits and walks.
Colin Weir, Manager of Befriend Motherwell said:
“It’s a real honour to be invited to the opening of the Scottish Parliament for this reason. Our organisation worked hard throughout the pandemic with our partners to try to continue to help people within the Motherwell area in any way we could.”
Graham Simpson, MSP for Central Scotland said:
“As the Sixth Session of the Scottish Parliament gets underway, it’s right that the people of Scotland are placed at the heart of our events.
“Together with my fellow MSPs, we want to celebrate the achievements of our Local Heroes from across every constituency and region in Scotland.
“Colin leads the group but it’s a team effort. He is a local hero for me because this is such a vital service and was particularly so during lockdown when people could not meet.
“They were able to still help folk with their weekly wellbeing packs, as well as helping with shopping and picking up prescriptions.
“Group activities can restart now and that will be great for people. You can’t beat real human contact.
“I was delighted to nominate Colin as me local hero and I hope he enjoys what will be a special day.”
Local Heroes have taken part in the opening ceremonies of the Scottish Parliament in 2007, 2011 and 2016.