Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire awards celebrate volunteers' selflessness


South Lanarkshire’s Volunteering Awards recognised those who go above and beyond for their community.

Over 120 guests and nominees attended the celebration at Hamilton Park Racecourse.

Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (VASLan) organised the event that focused on the selfless voluntary work that is carried out in South Lanarkshire every day.

The awards were presented by VASLan’s chair, Ian Barcroft, along with Depute Provost Collette Stevenson and Depute Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Helen Russell.

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Mr Barcroft said: “This afternoon was about highlighting how much South Lanarkshire needs and appreciates its volunteers.

“Their hard work makes a huge impact on so many lives and conveys the positive impact volunteering can have on a person’s life, including improving their health and wellbeing, making friends and the self-worth they gain through helping others.”

And it was a big day for Alix Kegg – who gives up her time for a number of voluntary organisations such as Hamilton Foodbank, Hamilton Churches Drop In Centre and children’s clothing shop and community space Swaddle – as she was named Young Volunteer of the Year.

Alix said: “I had such a fantastic day at the awards.

“I was absolutely shocked but nevertheless delighted to win Young Volunteer of the Year.

“I thoroughly enjoy volunteering in my community and it’s so lovely to have it recognised, especially at an event like this.

“A massive thank you to Roslyn O’Callaghan, founder of Swaddle, and my gran, Anne Kegg, for believing in me and nominating me.

“The event itself was excellent and a great day was had by all.”

Stuart Paton, of Larkhall’s young people and children’s charity the Machan Trust, took home Trustee/Committee Member of the Year for his ‘empowering and supportive leadership skills’.

And Isabella Bell Banks snapped up Long Serving Volunteer for her ‘pivotal role in improving the quality of life for older people’ at Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP). The charity aim to help combat loneliness, isolation and depression and cover Hamilton, Blantyre, Bothwell, Uddingston, Stonehouse and Strathaven.

Community-led health improvement service Healthy Valleys were named Organisation of the Year for their strong focus on working with volunteers while striving to tackle health and societal inequalities in rural South Lanarkshire.

And East Kilbride volunteer Angelina Keating took away the big one, winning Volunteer of the Year. She has worked tirelessly to develop and deliver the Swap and Save One Stop Shop (SASOSS) project, supporting families in her community and beyond.

VASLan received over 100 nominations for the five categories at the awards ceremony, and they are ready to help out other who want to contribute to their community.

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering in South Lanarkshire, you can contact VASLan on 01698 300 390 or email volunteer@vaslan.org.uk for more details.

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