Is­lands’ vol­un­teer heroes

Campbeltown Courier - - DISTRICT NEWS -

In­di­vid­u­als and groups from Is­lay and Jura were re­warded for their var­i­ous vol­un­teer­ing ef­forts at an Ar­gyll and Bute awards cer­e­mony. The Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards, or­gan­ised by Ar­gyll and Bute Third Sec­tor In­ter­face (TSI), took place in He­lens­burgh on Septem­ber 7. The pres­ti­gious so­cial en­ter­prise of the year award was pre­sented to Jura Devel­op­ment Trust, which, among other things, is en­sur­ing the res­i­dents of Jura have ac­cess to Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil ser­vices by main­tain­ing the ser­vice point on the is­land. Karen Sid­dall col­lected the sports vol­un­teer of the year award for her ded­i­ca­tion to im­prov­ing ac­cess to a wide va­ri­ety of sports, in­clud­ing swim­ming, rugby and coastal row­ing and her com­mit­ment to im­part­ing her sport­ing knowl­edge to the com­mu­nity. Joseph Hughes picked up the re­gional hero award for the is­lands for his work rais­ing funds for au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tors and the heart start train­ing he of­fers to the com­mu­nity free of charge. Is­lay Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic and Malt scooped the in­ter-gen­er­a­tional pro­ject of the year award for its cre­ative ap­proach to break­ing down bar­ri­ers and cre­at­ing com­mu­nity co­he­sion. Ash­ley Davey re­ceived the highly com­mended health vol­un­teer of the year award for her work sup­port­ing in­di­vid­u­als with long term con­di­tions and set­ting up the group Chit Chat. Ash­ley could not make the awards cer­e­mony and Joseph was un­able to at­tend due to work com­mit­ments, but videos ac­knowl­edge­ments from both win­ners were played at the event.

Karen Sid­dall col­lected the sports vol­un­teer of the year award.

Is­lay Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic and Malt scooped the in­ter-gen­er­a­tional pro­ject of the year award.

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