Vol­un­teers in the spot­light at an­nual awards

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE from Oban, Lorn and the is­lands were again cel­e­brated at this year’s Ar­gyll and Bute Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards.

The Oban War and Peace Mu­seum was crowned Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Year, while Taynuilt’s Elaine Boyce was cho­sen as Young Vol­un­teer of the Year.

The an­nual event, or­gan­ised by Ar­gyll and Bute Third Sec­tor In­ter­face (TSI), was held in Oban’s Ar­gyll­shire Gath­er­ing Halls on Fri­day Septem­ber 8.

Open­ing the event was the­atre com­pany Street Cones with a ‘pow­er­ful per­for­mance of how vol­un­teer­ing can help with re-of­fend­ing and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of ex-of­fend­ers’. How­ever, the real show-stop­per was the War and Peace Mu­seum.

It was se­lected as this year’s top or­gan­i­sa­tion thanks to its vol­un­teers who con­trib­ute more than 700 hours each month to keep the mu­seum open.

The mu­seum was de­scribed as ‘a truly in­spi­ra­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion that shows the true worth of vol­un­teers’. An­other star of the show was Elaine Boyce, who left school in De­cem­ber 2015 to start a hair­dress­ing ap­pren­tice­ship.

Shortly be­fore leav­ing school, the 17-year-old started vol­un­teer­ing in the sup­port de­part­ment at Oban High School and has con­tin­ued do­ing so along with un­der­tak­ing her ap­pren­tice­ship.

‘It takes a spe­cial kind of per­son to en­cour­age and un­der­stand those with ad­di­tional sup­port needs,’ Ar­gyll and Bute TSI said. ‘And we have found that per­son in Elaine.’

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Pho­to­graphs: Kevin McG­lynn

Clock­wise from top: All of the vol­un­teer award win­ners cel­e­brat­ing on stage at the Ar­gyll­shire Gath­er­ing Hall; Oban High School pupils with their Saltire Awards, with men­tors Joan Reynolds and Ais­ling Clark; Elaine Boyce, win­ner of the Young Vol­un­teer Award; and vol­un­teers from Oban War and Peace Group with the win­ners shiel.

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