Volunteer Maja wins award for improving paths in Castlemilk

Maja Wojtowicz has been recognised as our Community Path Volunteer of the Year 2022

42-year-old Maja volunteers with Cassiltoun Housing Association and has played a key role in one of the group’s main projects to maintain Castlemilk Park - a vital community project supported by Paths for All that ensures access for all as well as creating space for learning, developing and building on local skills and knowledge.  

Maja has developed her own skillset to benefit the project by undertaking courses in handheld tools and now holds several LANTRA certificates to operate hedge trimmers, brush cutters and leaf blowers.

Maja has also been responsible for organising and participating in regular litter picking in the park to create a better and cleaner space for members of the public – as well as wildlife.
Maja has helped to restore path networks and most recently upgraded the drainage system in the park by digging a 14-meter drainage ditch and replace a broken pipe. 

She said:

“I’ve been volunteering with Castlemilk Park for two years since my friends encouraged me to come along. The group allows me to give something back to the community as well as carve out time to socialise in the fresh air. 

Since starting to volunteer, my strength– both physically and mentally – has improved along with my confidence. I moved to Scotland from Poland in 2006 with my husband and son so this group has allowed me to pick up many skills while meeting people I wouldn’t normally get a chance to, it’s fantastic.

“Volunteering provides a sense of purpose and community; I’d encourage everyone to get involved. You don’t need to have any specific skills or knowledge, it’s a brilliant way to learn and have fun.

“It’s lovely to be recognised for this award and feels great to know the work I’m undertaking along with other volunteers is making a positive impact in the local community.”

Maja was among 11 winners at Paths for All’s 13th annual Volunteer Awards that highlighted the outstanding work carried out by volunteers across the country.