Young Kin­lochleven vol­un­teers recog­nised at awards for ef­fort

The Oban Times - - Dis­tricts -

KIN­LOCHLEVEN High School pupil Jo Shep­ton has won young vol­un­teer of the year at Vol­un­tary Ac­tion Lochaber’s 2017 VOSCARs.

The S5 stu­dent started record­ing her vol­un­teer­ing hours in Au­gust 2015. In that time she has spent an amaz­ing 277.5 hours of her time sup­port­ing Ac­tive Schools, Kin­lochlovin’, the Prom Com­mit­tee, Pupil Sup­port, Young En­ter­prise and Ne­vis Ra­dio.

Kin­lochleven head teacher Re­becca Machin said: ‘Jo sup­ports ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one while study­ing hard for her Na­tion­als last year and five Highers this year. Not only is she an amaz­ing stu­dent, but she gives so much to her com­mu­nity. Amaz­ing at such a young age.’

S2 pupil Thomas Price made the fi­nals at this year’s awards.

The 13-year- old has spent more than 150 hours vol­un­teer­ing in the last 12 months, do­nat­ing time to projects in­clud­ing Kin­lochlovin’, the schools Rock Chal­lenge and UNICEF Club. He has also raised money for So­cial Bite, a char­ity sup­port­ing home­less peo­ple in Scot­land, and is the youngest pre­sen­ter of the Kin­lochlovin’ Drive Time Crew at Ne­vis Ra­dio.

Han­nah New­son was also a fi­nal­ist. Han­nah has amassed the most vol­un­teer­ing hours of any stu­dent this year – 235 hours from Au­gust 2016 to May 2017.

Ms Machin said: ‘It is in­cred­i­ble to think any young­ster of this age could find five to six hours a week to vol­un­teer for their com­mit­tee, es­pe­cially such a dili­gent stu­dent who works so hard for her ex­ams. She does 87 hours for Ac­tive Schools, 49 hours for Pupil Sup­port, as well as the schools Prom Com­mit­tee and Young En­ter­prise, it is an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment, well de­serv­ing of praise.’

The awards were part of Na­tional Vol­un­teers Week and were pre­sented at a cer­e­mony in the Ben Ne­vis Ho­tel.

Kin­lochleven pupils with In­spec­tor Isla Camp­bell at the VOSCARs.

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