Town’s double at the Voscars
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