Town’s dou­ble at the Voscars

The Galloway News - - COPS CHARGED -

Dal­beat­tie scored a dou­ble suc­cess at the fourth Dum­fries and Gal­lowayThird Sec­torVol­un­teer Awards.

TheVoscars, as they are known, cel­e­brate the in­valu­able work of vol­un­teers across the re­gion.

And at the Bap­tist Church Cen­tre in Dum­fries, Ge­off Al­li­son of Dal­beat­tie Men’s Shed was an­nounced as board mem­ber of the year.

Ge­off was nom­i­nated by shed mem­bers for his un­stint­ing work as sec­re­tary of the group, whose projects in­clude plans to build a replica of James Skeoch’s vin­tage car that was made in Dal­beat­tie just af­terWorldWar One.

Ge­off said: ”I feel very humbled about what the mem­bers wrote about me in their nom­i­na­tion.They said some lovely words. It’s nice to get it and nice for the shed. It’s one more award for us and helps to foster the feel­good fac­tor about what we do out there.”

More suc­cess for the town fol­lowed when Dal­beat­tie Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tive (DCI) claimed the en­ter­pris­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion of the year ti­tle.

Michelle McRobert, busi­ness man­ager at DCI’s of­fices, was de­lighted to scoop the hon­our.

She said: “We did not ex­pect to win.The award is a tes­ta­ment to the many hours of work put in by our vol­un­teers.

“We have more than 75 now and with their help there are 13 com­mu­nity projects be­ing un­der­taken.”

Other Ste­wartry winners were re­tired Cas­tle Douglas GP Dr An­nWil­son, of dis­abil­ity ad­vo­cates DGVoice (equal­i­ties award), the Bet­ter Lives Part­ner­ship (chil­dren and young peo­ple award) and Kirkcud­bright Sum­mer Fes­tiv­i­ties (cul­ture and her­itage).

The guest speaker, Dum­fries and Gal­loway Coun­cil’s young peo­ple’s cham­pion, Coun­cil­lor AdamWil­son, said: “I be­lieve that vol­un­teers are the foun­da­tions of a com­mu­nity.With­out vol­un­teers, our com­mu­ni­ties would suf­fer.

“We can­not thank our vol­un­teers enough for the re­mark­able work that takes place right across the re­gion.”

In his clos­ing ad­dress,Third Sec­tor Dum­fries and Gal­loway vice-chair­man Iain Boddy said: “We have cel­e­brated peo­ple who are gen­uinely spe­cial and ex­cep­tional and give of their time and en­er­gies so self­lessly.

“It is also great to see how much peo­ple en­joy vol­un­teer­ing – the fun, com­pan­ion­ship and the boost vol­un­teer­ing gives to self-con­fi­dence and well­be­ing.”

About 200 nom­i­na­tions were re­ceived for this year’s awards.

Awards Michelle McRobert and Ge­off Al­li­son with their prizes from cer­e­mony

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