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Charlie Newlands

​Charlie Newlands - ENABLE Volunteer

Long time volunteer of ENABLE Scotland, Charlie Newlands MBE, talks about the Renfrew ENABLE Branch and all that’s happening, “The club is thriving with its discos on a Thursday night and a drama club on a Monday night. The drama club puts on a production every year, making their own costumes and painting their own sets. The last production, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, was a roaring success. The branch also holds an annual fete every May and organises outings and day trips for its members throughout the year.”

Joining the branch in 1972, Charlie sees how important the branch is to local people and is proud of the way the branch funds itself.

“We built our own club. We pay for our own club. We don’t apply for grants and we don’t apply for funding. We are totally self sufficient.”

Awarded a MBE, Charlie gets great joy and a real sense of achievement from volunteering in his local area. “I’ve always had energy to spare for local clubs and societies,” he said. 
Charlie puts the success of the branch firmly down to the people.

“The people who were involved at the beginning are still involved. We work hard to keep the branch going. It works because we’ve got dedicated folk who put the effort in. Local branches are of great importance and it’s a great pity that we’ve lost a lot of them.”

The Renfrew ENABLE Branch continues to grow and with people like Charlie Newlands and the hard working committee at the helm, the only way is up.

Find out more about volunteering with ENABLE Scotland​ here.​

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