Love is in the air for Borders' best volunteers
A volunteer with 23 years experience coaching badminton in Gordon, a Galashiels' man providing one-to-one support to a school pupil with Tourette's in Jedburgh and a 14-year-old involved in numerous volunteer roles in Peebles – just some of the award winners at Volunteer Centre Borders' first ceremony to celebrate the area's countless volunteering activities.
Loving Our Volunteers, funded by the Big Lottery Fund's 'Celebrate' programme and held on Tuesday February 14th at Kelso's Ednam House Hotel, recognised volunteering in eight categories.
The winners were:
• Young Volunteer of the Year (up to 24 years old)
Hamish Swan, for volunteering with TweedLove and Tweeddale Youth Action
• Adult Volunteer of the Year (24 – 60 years old)
Jane Thin, for volunteering with Girl Guiding Tweed Valley
• Golden Volunteer (over 60 years old)
Jock Law, for volunteering in Coldstream
• Long Service to Volunteering Award (10+ years)
Violet Livingston, for volunteering in Gordon
• Hidden Asset Award
Catriona Bancroft, for volunteering with Duke of Buccleuch Hunt Pony Club
• Peter Norris Local Hero Award
John Davidson, for volunteering at Jedburgh Grammar School
• Thinking Differently Award
Grace Mitchell, for volunteering in Peebles
• Loving Our Volunteers Award
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Cllr David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council, said
"Today's Loving our Volunteers Awards demonstrate the incredible voluntary effort that takes place throughout the Scottish Borders. Many of the volunteers showcased today do vital work on behalf of all of us and the event was a fantastic celebration of the massive contribution volunteers make to the daily lives of people across the Scottish Borders. There were touching stories, and positive stories but above all else a huge amount of commitment from so many. I was deeply honoured to be asked to say some words at the event and to see first-hand the outstanding work of volunteers in our region. A huge thanks must go to the Volunteer Centre in the Borders for all the work they have done to coordinate and showcase the Awards and to highlight the voluntary effort and the work of individual volunteers across the Scottish Borders."
VCB Executive Officer, Gordon Brown, said: "Communities across the Scottish Borders, from Eyemouth to Peebles, Ancrum to Greenlaw, would not be as healthy and vibrant without the network of volunteers in those areas. 'Loving Our Volunteers' is a chance to acknowledge some of the outstanding efforts from just some of the thousands of volunteers in the Scottish Borders who everyday take part in actvities which address such issues as social isolation, deprivation, inactivity and inequality and contribute to sporting and cultural pursuits. By celebrating volunteers in this way, it will ensure volunteers feel valued, encourage more people in the area to volunteer and act as a reminder that volunteers are not a resource not to be taken for granted, but celebrated as often as possible."