Volunteering celebrated at Big Arran Lunch

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The Big Arran Lunch was held last Sunday to celebrate the army of volunteers on Arran.

The island relies heavily on people giving their time and effort freely, so the Arran Community and Voluntary Service (ACVS) decided to bring everyone together to celebrate both formal and informal volunteering with a community meal, as part of the national volunteers week.

Community groups also set up stalls around the hall including Eco Savvy and the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST), who had a particularly impressive display detailing their work.

Eco Savvy were particularly keen to promote their free energy audits for resident’s homes in order to help them save money and reduce energy consumption. They will be doing this all over the island, starting in Whiting Bay this month. All advice will be given by trained energy auditors and is completely impartial.

Ruth McLaren from Eco Savvy said: ‘We hope that we’ve already managed to help Arran residents become more energy efficient. This week our energy auditor, Derek Morgan, helped one homeowner discover that their family member’s 20 minute showers were costing them 65p each time equating to approximately £237.25 per year for only one person!

‘Derek helped another homeowner with advice on insulation for a very cold house and the pros and cons of a heat pump and gave another some information on Rayburns and woodburners. Audits will take approximately an hour and can be booked through our website or people can pop into the Whiting Bay shop to arrange.’

Tea for two. Volunteers Elizabeth Ross and Eileen Auld enjoy tea and cake at the Big Arran Lunch. 01_B23volunteer01

The Eco Savvy team, Whiting Bay shop manager Sarah Kelly, project manager Jude King and Ruth McLaren 01_B23volunteer02

Matthew Norton and Debora Milenkova at the COAST stall. 01_B23volunteer03