Love is in the air for amazing Borders volunteers

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lov1ahA CAMPAIGNER for people with mental ill health, a volunteer adviser with the Citizens Advice Bureau with over 36 years of providing help to Borders residents, and a young volunteer from Kelso who gives up her time for three organisations every week – were just some of the award winners at the Volunteer Centre Borders' ceremony to celebrate the area's countless volunteering activities and the amazing people volunteering here.

The Loving Our Volunteers Event was held on Wednesday, February 14th at Kelso's Ednam House Hotel, recognised volunteering in eight categories.

The winners were:

Young Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Scottish Borders Council)
Caitlin Revel, for volunteering with the Brownies, Stable Life and Cheviot Youth

Adult Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Eildon Housing Association)
Gale Coates, for volunteering with the Splash Project in Eyemouth

Golden Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Scottish Borders Housing Association)
Jean Murray, for volunteering with Central Borders Citizens Advice Bureau

Long Service to Volunteering Award
Jenny Mushlin, for volunteering with Borders Care Voice

Hidden Asset Award
Ruth Jones, for volunteering with Escape Youth Services in Hawick

Barry J Jackson Local Hero Award
Joe Devlin, for volunteering with Borders College and Momentum

Thinking Differently Award
Jock Shiells, for volunteering with Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland

• Loving Our Volunteers Award
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lov2ahVCB Executive Officer, Gordon Brown, said: "Communities across the Scottish Borders,
from Coldingham to West Linton, Newcastleton to Denholm, 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 activities which address such issues as social isolation, deprivation, inactivity, and inequality and contribute to sporting and cultural pursuits.

"By celebrating volunteers in this way, we hope volunteers feel valued, and that this will encourage more people in the area to volunteer. This is also a reminder that volunteers are not a resource to be taken for granted, but to celebrated as often as possible."

Cllr Shona Haslam, Leader of Scottish Borders Council, said:
"Loving our Volunteers is quickly becoming a key event in the Border calendar. It is a wonderful showcase of the work done by thousands of individuals across the Borders in our communities. Whether it is youth work, shopping for an elderly neighbour, clearing the snow off your neighbours' path or mentoring a young family, the work that our volunteers do makes the Borders a better place to live. It is great to have this opportunity to recognise that work. I am sure that those receiving their awards today would be the first to say that they are receiving them on behalf of the army that stands behind them. I would like to thank them all, for their boundless enthusiasm, energy and commitment."

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