The dedicated work of more than 200 volunteers from Angus was recognised at an awards ceremony in Carnoustie Golf Hotel.
The Voluntary Action Angus (VAA) event saw volunteers from 50-plus organisations being awarded certificates and badges in recognition of two, five, 10 or 15+ years service to volunteering.
Individual outstanding awards were presented as follows:
Lifetime Volunteering Award - Meg and Jim Milne from The Attic Youth Project, Brechin (Presented by Neil Prentice, board member at VAA).
Young People’s Volunteering Award – Barrie Cooper from The Basement Youth Project, Letham (Presented by Ruth Leslie Melville, director at The Attic Youth Project).
Environmental Volunteering Award – Irene Robertson from Kirriemuir Area Partnership Planting Group (Presented by Peter McAuley, service manager at Health & Social Care Partnership).
Children’s Services Volunteering Award – Dorothy Archer from Angus Adoption & Fostering Group (Presented by Alan McKeown, Angus Council director of communities).
Health & Social Care Volunteering Award – Brenda Wilson from Monifieth Befriending Scheme (Presented by George Bowie, head of Community Health and Care Services – South, Health & Social Care Partnership).
Helen Oswald Award for Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering – Phil Hope from Carnoustie Panmure Football Club (Presented by Ed Oswald and Alan McKeown).
The event also heard a powerful tribute to the work of Helen Oswald, the late Lord Provost of Angus.
Helen was a lifelong volunteer and a hard working advocate of Angus, its organisations and its people.
The event gave a standing ovation to Helen’s husband, Ed Oswald, who was described as “a giant of a man”.
Ed then presented the award to Phil Hope of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.
Bill Muir, chairman of Voluntary Action Angus, said: “I have many years of working in the third sector and what we have experienced tonight inspires us not only on what is going on today but indeed the culture we have here in Angus, which will inspire generations to come.
“I had the great privilege of signing all the certificates for people who attended tonight and collectively we are looking at around 200 people who have given more than 1000 years of service through volunteering.
“This is not about numbers it’s about humanity, care and desire to help others as well as volunteers helping themselves.
“Many of the people who volunteer go on to take their rightful place as workers in the third sector and other organisation through the experience they gain.”
Alan McKeown, Angus Council director of communities, said: “Our partnership working with VAA and other organisations places volunteering at the heart of empowerment and building resilient communities.
“We are fortunate that Angus enjoys such a desire and ambition towards volunteering where local people help each other.
“This is what communities are about and why we are confident through working in partnership we can do even more to make Angus an even better place to live, work, learn and play.”
Vicky Irons, chief executive of Health & Social Care Partnership, said: “Volunteering is as important contributor to building communities which actively care.
“We are very fortunate to see such buoyant levels of volunteering here in Angus and indeed have seen some of the most innovative approaches whereby local people are helping others in their community”.
On a final note of the event Gary Malone, chief executive officer of VAA, asked all present to build a new culture of volunteering where all people in communities can take their rightful place in a journey of humanity.
Gary urged people to use their experience to inspire future generations to volunteer and be proud of their efforts. He said: “One day your grandchildren will ask about your volunteering so be proud and encourage them towards a journey which money can’t buy, the journey of volunteering.”
The certificate recipients were as follows:
Children, young people and families organisations
Scottish Association for Children with Heart Disorders - Ivy Mackie (15+) and Aileen Ingram (15+).
Home-Start Angus - Lynn Low (5), Tracey Ross (5), Janis Henderson (10) and Sandra Philp (10).
CAFÉ Project - Louise Allen (5), Paul Duncan (10) and Sheriff Norrie Stein (15+).
The Attic - Zoe Nicoll (2), Ellie Dalgarno (2), Elizabeth Kidd (5), Margaret Milne (15+), Jim Milne (15+) and Ruth Leslie Melville (15+).
Barnardos - Jessie Murray (10).
Adoption & Fostering Angus & Dundee - Bill Hardy (2), Kate Marshall (5), Dorothy Archer (10) and Sheena Thomson (15+).
Hedzup - Ross Galbraith (5), and Cameron Low (5).
Montrose Friday Night Project - Chloe Coupar (2), Jessica McPherson (2), Amy Barnett (2) and Beverly Fryer (2).
Special Needs Children Angus & Dundee - Beth Morrison (5) and Maureen Phillip (5).
The Basement, Letham - Ali Towns (2) and Barrie Cooper (2).
Forfar Friday Night Project - Philip Cooper (2), Sophie Laird (2) and Ron Manderson (10).
Kirriemuir Friday Night Project - Rebecca Elder (2)
Angus Active Schools - Chris Kettles (2), Brian McArtney (2), Michael Fotheringham (2), Andrew Panckhurst (2), Georgia Fullerton (2), Paul Armstrong (5), Dale Johnston (5), Hope Stewart (5), Robert Donnan (5), Bob Christie (5), Frank Cooper (5), Brian Johnston (5), Kerry Walker (10), Elizabeth Milne (15+) and Lynda Sim (15+).
1st Hillside Scout Group - June Brown (5), Steve Valentine (10), John Campbell (10), Evan McIntosh (10) and Julie Dow
Health and well-being originations
Contact the Elderly - Jean Malcolm (10), Graham Malcom (10), Irene Heron (10) and Ann Thomson (10).
Angus Activity Programme - Val Parker (2), Ann Frith (5), Maggie Brown (5) and Ian Baxter (5).
Monifieth Medical Practice - Anne McLaggan (2).
Angus Independent Advocacy - Irena Brown (2), Margot Forbes (2), Alison Hitchcock (2), Robin Ross (2) and Sheila Watt (5).
Kit Kat Club - Deborah Manz (2) and Christine Innes (5).
Monifieth Befriending Scheme - Brenda Wilson (2), Ken Miln (2) and Pat Miln (2).
Pals R Us - Nicky Milne (2).
Havilah - Helen Wallace (2), Isobel Reynolds (5), Helen Johnston (5) and Heather Black (10).
Penumbra - Alison McLeod (2).
Guide Dogs For the Blind - Arlene Dickson (2) and Maureen Turner (2).
Angus Health & Social Care Partnership - Robert Harvey (5).
Environmental, sport and leisure organisations
DD8 Music - Katie Reid (2), Curtis Stroud (2), Elizabeth Reid (10) and Ellie Fiddes (10).
HOPE - Eve Muir (2), Michael Gammie (5), Judy Findlater (10) and Stuart Fergusson (10).
Murton Trust - Duncan Gilles (5).
Newtyle United Football Club - Donna McLaren (2), Euan Donaldson (2), Jane Donaldson (2) and Colin Gillan (5).
Kirriemuir Area Partnership Planting Group - Irene Robertson (2), Morag McKenzie (2), Beverly Holmes (2) and Mandy Robertson (2).
Monifieth Eco Force - Janette McCallum (2), Alex Graham (5), Sheena Thomson (5) and Derek Uchman (5).
Montrose Sports Hub - Lee-Ann Gunn (2), Arlene Dickson (2), Adam Mackie (2), Lisa Singleton (2) and Jason Boyd (5).
Carnoustie Canine Capers - Scott Smith (5), Pauline Smith (5), Flora Cairnie (5).
Carnoustie Panmure Football Club - Dean McConnichie (5), Stephen Maxfield (10), Andrew Miller (10) and Phil Hope (15+).
Links Park Community Trust - Darren Logan (2) and Douglas Wood (5).
BRAVO - Bill Sturrock (5), Jan Macintyre (10) and Mark Taylor (10).
East & Old Parish Church - Elma Sim (2), Muriel Fairley (2), Esther Kidd (2) and Alison Liddle (2).
Montrose Rotary - Colin Den-McKay (5), Brian Manzi (5), Hamish Watt (15+), David May (15+) and Neil Werninck (15+)
Montrose Emergency Services Group - Ally Hutchison (15+), Mike Cassie (15+) and Ross Thomson (15+).
Royal British Legion Montrose - Chris Milne (2), Ella Kaczmarek (2), Sadie Gillespie (5), and David Gillespie (5).
Borrowfield Community Centre - Kay Piekarski (10), Val Cooper (15+), Karen Pithie (15+) and Mary McLay (15+).
Muirhead & Birkhill Millenium Hall - David Hastie (5) and Abbi Fleming (5).
Angus Council Communities Team - Meg Simpson (15+), Joan Mesney (15+) and Patricia Miller (15+).
Police Scotland - Ricky Martin (15+).
Fireworks for Arbroath - Karren Cuthill (2), Grant Cuthill (2) and Davina Shepherd (2).
Voluntary Action Angus - Iain McEwan (2), Paul Bygrave (2), Robert Bridges (5) and Allan Nicoll (5).
To become part of the volunteering movement please contact Barry Thomson at Voluntary Action Angus on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01241 875525.