East Lothian Saltire Awards celebrate volunteering success
Published Thursday 23rd March 17
A big thank you to all our young volunteers!
Around 100 people packed into the Corn Exchange last Friday night (17 March 2017) to celebrate the achievements of young volunteers in East Lothian at the annual Saltire Awards Ceremony. The Saltire Awards recognise the achievements of young volunteers across Scotland. The East Lothian event marked the contribution of young volunteers across the county. The event was again sponsored by Arnold Clark Ltd.
The young volunteers had a wide range of volunteering experiences between them, including hosting local radio shows, coaching football, painting local spaces and supporting younger pupils to improve their literacy skills.
During the evening, there were talks from local veteran volunteer Henry Muchamore, Police Scotland Volunteers and the STRiVE Adventure & Youth Saltire Awards.
The young volunteers then received certificates recognising from 10 hours of volunteering to 500 hours. The climax of the event was the presentation of the Inter-School Shield which is awarded to the East Lothian secondary school that presents the most young people for certification, and the Summit Award, which acknowledges a young volunteer whose efforts go above and beyond. This year the Inter-School Shield was presented to Musselburgh Grammar and the Summit Award to Chris Bennett, also from Musselburgh Grammar. Chris has been volunteering with East Coast FM for five years and has used his skills to help train those younger than him. He has also volunteered for countless school shows and concerts. Chris received the award because his volunteering has had such a positive impact on those around him.
Teacher Gillian Armstrong who co-ordinates volunteering at Musselburgh Grammar says:
‘We are thrilled to have received the Inter-School Shield. Volunteering is something that we value greatly at the Grammar because it helps young people to develop their skills, make new friends, build networks, gain self-confidence and, mostly importantly, put lots back into their local community.’
Linda McNeill, Depute Chief Executive of STRiVE adds:
‘It was a brilliant evening and I would like to thank the Saltire Ambassadors for all their hard work putting the event together, Arnold Clark for their generous sponsorship, the fantastic musicians from Musselburgh Grammar School Rock Band and Lewis & Lewis from Dunbar Grammar for some first-class entertainment. Most of all I would like to say thank you to all the young people who received certificates for the big contribution they make to local life.’
‘I’d just like to underline that we are really good at volunteering in East Lothian – around 13% of our citizens volunteered at least once a week last year and a staggering 49% have given their time to volunteer at some point over the course of the last 12 months. However, there are still plenty of organisations that are crying out for volunteers. There are so many different opportunities to choose from and volunteering is a great way to meet new people, gain new skills and feel positive about life. That’s why we are launching our Give the Gift of Time campaign – to get people really thinking about giving a few hours now and again and make a real difference in their communities – it’s a real win-win option.’
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