Young people show community spirit

Daryle Cochrane
Daryle Cochrane

Two young women from North Lanarkshire were among 80 people who received Saltire Awards at a ceremony in Hamilton.

Daryle Cochrane from Motherwell was honoured for reaching 500 hours of volunteering and also received the Summit Award, presented by MSP Claudia Beamish.

Daryle is a committed volunteer with Covey Befriending, giving countless hours of support, guidance and friendship to help a young person through difficult times over six years.

She was co-ordinator of the Youth Forum for more than two years and also served as a volunteer member of the Covey Board of Directors where she offered her law expertise.

Claudia Beamish said: “Daryle’s influence has been hugely significant with Covey, influencing many young people, assisting and inspiring them.”

Kimberly Brown of Bellshill received a Saltire Award completed 200 hours with the Machan Trust.

Provost Eileen Logan said: “I am always delighted to support the Saltire Awards, a great way to acknowledge the hard work of our young people.

“Volunteering is vitally important to the wellbeing of our communities.

“These selfless hard working volunteers give a huge amount of their own time to help others.

“They are a credit to themselves and their families, as well as the groups and organisations they work so tirelessly to support.”

The young people who were honoured have contributed towards a staggering 41,000 hours of volunteering carried out by volunteers aged between 13 and 25 during the last year,

Awards were presented by David McLachlan who is South Lanarkshire Council’s Spokesperson for Youth and by Depute Lord Lieutenant John McKenzie.