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Shetland Youth Volunteering Awards 2011

Celebrating Make a Difference Day in Shetland

October 25th 2011

Launched June 2011

Photo: Roy Longmuir

This year’s individual winner of the Shetland Youth Volunteering Awards is Claire Antonio, for her work with the Shetland Children’s Rights Service; the Shetland Young Promoters’ Group has won the organisation category for their role in enabling and encouraging young musicians.

The Shetland Youth Volunteering Awards aim to recognise the contribution young volunteers aged 12-25 years make to the lives of others through two awards: one for individual involvement and the other for an organisation which enables young volunteers to participate.  There were 18 candidates for the individual prize, and six organisations had been nominated.

The awards ceremony was held in the Town Hall in Lerwick on Tuesday 25th October, to celebrate ‘Make a Difference Day’.  Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS) chairman Gussie Angus welcomed the large turnout on what was a very blustery evening. He thanked the sponsors of the trophies, Harry’s Department Store and Shetland Windpower, and Shetland Islands Council for hosting the event.

In a night of celebration, The Rotary Club of Shetland who, along with Voluntary Action Shetland had launched the award scheme last year, announced they have also gained from their participation in SYVA through being acknowledged by a national Rotary honour.

Musical entertainment was provided by the young band: Comet Conspiracy, and the awards and certificates were presented by Tavish Scott MSP, Nicole Mouat MSYP and Emily Shaw MSYP.
Other organisations shortlisted were InIT, a Scalloway youth group which helps older folk to develop their IT skills and Maddrim Media, a film and media group and production company involving young people aged 11-25 years.

The other short-listed individuals were Hannah Hunter, who volunteers with the ASN department at Brae High School and Nicole Petursdottir from Gulberwick, a volunteer coach with the Shetland Amateur Competitive Swimming Club.

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