Young volunteers honoured

Reeltime Music award achievers Carly Shaw, 25 hours ; Gillian Thomson, 25 hours; Michelle Blair, 200 hours; and Daniel Cairney, 100 hours, with Jamie McCaw of Reeltime Music, Francis Fallan, and Reeltime band member Liam Brown.
Reeltime Music award achievers Carly Shaw, 25 hours ; Gillian Thomson, 25 hours; Michelle Blair, 200 hours; and Daniel Cairney, 100 hours, with Jamie McCaw of Reeltime Music, Francis Fallan, and Reeltime band member Liam Brown.
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Young people from all over North Lanarkshire have been recognised with Saltire Awards for their volunteering work.

The award ceremony was organised by Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire at their Wishaw Community Hub, with certificates achieved for a one-off challenge, and for completing ten, 25, 50, 100, 200 and 500 hours of volunteering.

Among those recognised were volunteers from Reeltime Music in Newarthill, Pather Youth Group, Gowkthrapple Organisation for Leisure and Development, and LANDED Peer Education Service.

Senior pupils from Bellshill Academy were among the schools recognised for helping younger pupils improve reading and writing skills, and after school activity and sports clubs.

The awards were presented by depute Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Helen Russell who described the young people as inspirational.

She said: “It is good to be celebrating the excellent achievements of these young people whose volunteering is worthy of praise and which is in direct contrast to the image which can be created by others who arerowdy and commit acts of vandalism.”

Uddingston and Bellshill MSYP Jordan Linden was the guest speaker and also received a certificate for his volunteering.

The evening featured a fair level of fun and games with entertainment by Reeltime Music, a Saltire Quiz, a buffet meal, and a disco to round the evening off.

VANL chairman Francis Fallan welcomed the guests and a vote of thanks was proposed by board member Andy McArthur.

Craig Russell, senior volunteering development adviser at VANL, who organised the event, said: “We are delighted to be able to highlight youth volunteering at this presentation event.

“The efforts made by volunteers in schools and other volunteer-involving organisations is extremely valuable and too often goes
unnoticed.

“It was amazing to calculate that the people receiving awards had completed approximately 10,000 hours of volunteering in the past year.”