Volunteers in the spotlight at annual awards
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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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.