Gold award for Brechin student

Volunteer awards presented at Angus College Arbrosth on Wednesday. Pictured are, from left - Stewart Roy national project officer, Tatiana Zorina, Gary Malone, Lesley Buchanan, John Burt college principle and Taylor Wood.
Volunteer awards presented at Angus College Arbrosth on Wednesday. Pictured are, from left - Stewart Roy national project officer, Tatiana Zorina, Gary Malone, Lesley Buchanan, John Burt college principle and Taylor Wood.

A Brechin student was presented with a gold award for his contribution to volunteering at Angus College’s annual volunteering awards ceremony.

The ceremony, which saw 70 students being officially recognised, took place within the Angus Conference Centre ,with awards being presented by Angus College Principal John Burt and Volunteer Centre Angus manager Gary Malone.

As well as individuals being congratulated for their commitment to volunteering, accolades were also awarded to three student groups for their combined volunteering projects including students from the student representative council, Skillzone and Beauty Therapy courses.

Three gold awards were also presented to individuals whose contribution to volunteering could only be described as outstanding.

Among these gold award winners was Lesley Buchanan (Forfar) whose work as a Family Support Volunteer has made a real difference to the lives of the individuals she has helped.

Lesley volunteers for the charity Home-Start which offers help and advice to parents who are struggling and may feel stressed or isolated.

Lesley who studies Health, Social and Childcare commented: “I feel the volunteer work I have done has helped me with my studies as it has given me hands on experience with real people.

“I get a lot from my volunteering and it makes me feel good to know that I am supporting someone who needs me.”

A second gold award was presented to sport and fitness student Taylor Wood (Brechin) who has been volunteering at his local junior rugby club for the past three years.

Through his hard work and commitment to his volunteering post, Taylor has secured a permanent coaching post and was even awarded the chairman’s special award at the club’s prize giving ceremony recently.

The final gold award was presented to Russian/English interpreter Tatiana Zorina (Arbroath) who works with other students who are struggling with learning English.

Tatiana dedicates much of her spare time to working with individuals on their language skills.

Tatiana commented: “I love to help people, so I really enjoy being a volunteer interpreter. Volunteering makes me feel more integrated into the Scottish community and has helped me learn about citizenship.”

Following the ceremony students from across the College were invited to attend the Volunteering Recruitment Fair. The Fair featured representatives for a range of organisations offering volunteering opportunities including Tayside Police, Augment, Alzheimer’s Scotland and Cancer Research UK.

Students were able to drop by on their lunch hour and gain some valuable information about the different ways in which they can get involved in volunteering.

Angus College volunteering projects officer Stewart Roy commented: “This year we received a record amount of nominations for the volunteer awards which really reflects the underlying culture of volunteering here at Angus College.

“So many of our students embrace volunteering and it is great to be able to recognise them in this ceremony.

“Volunteering allows our students to put theory from their learning into practice, whilst at the same time giving something back to the community of Angus. Volunteering is very much on Angus College’s agenda and we are working hard with our other partners nationally to support Scotland’s Colleges to get on board with developing student volunteering.”