New awards at Volunteer Centre

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THE SCOTTISH Government’s new volunteer awards project for young people has been launched in Arbroath.

As a pilot area, those aged 12 to 25 in Angus will be able to take part in Saltire Awards, a more open and widening range of volunteering opportunities.

Managed by the local centre for volunteering, Volunteer Centre Angus, the awards will offer young people support and encouragement on how to get involved, and essentially get recognition for their volunteering efforts which can provide a better chance for youngsters to find work, college or a university place.

Leading on this new development, Volunteer Centre Angus’s Fiona Walsh said: “Volunteering is now more important than ever, with greater competition for university and college places and indeed employment, young people’s chances will be much greater if they can demonstrate commitment including volunteering. 

“The new awards build on our success of record numbers of young people participating in volunteering schemes such as Millennium Volunteering Awards.

“In difficult economic times communities and services will be under greater pressure but here in Angus we have the partnership working, innovation and indeed an unrivalled model of volunteering which will help”.

Also at the launch of the awards was Angus Provost Ruth Leslie Melville.

She added: “I am delighted to formally launch these awards. In Angus we have a proud heritage and history of volunteering and have seen the excellent work carried out by Volunteer Centre Angus where Angus is the leading light in national volunteering delivery. 

“This clearly demonstrates the empowerment volunteering gives to young people and it is indeed excellent that these awards are being developed for young people by young people.”

Anyone interested in the Saltire Awards can contact fiona@volunteerangus.org.uk or telephone 01424 875525, or text ‘I want to volunteer’ to 07960 270050.

l Pictured at the launch are from left - Fiona Walsh, youth development worker; Richard Smith, student mentor; Provost Ruth Leslie Melville, Shaun Sievwright, centre director Volunteer Angus; and Daragh Connor, youth worker.