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Community / Youth volunteers recognised at awards ceremony

Winners, nominees and guests at the awards on Tuesday night.

A NUMBER of young volunteers were honoured at an awards ceremony in Lerwick on Tuesday.

A total of 19 organisations, teams of volunteers and individuals were nominated for the tenth annual Shetland Youth Volunteer Awards.

Shetland Amateur Competitive Swimming Club picked up the organisation award after beating off competition from Police Scotland Youth Volunteers and Inferno Dance Group.

Ability Shetland won the one team award for its Monday sports club, with Scalloway Peerie Club volunteers, Shetland Amateur Competitive Swimming Club youth coaches and Shetland Year of Young People ambassadors also nominated.

Ability Shetlands’s Keir Shannon won the individual category to trump Erin Doull, Shane McDonald and Stuart Tait.

Shetland Islands Council convener Malcolm Bell closed the event at Lerwick Town Hall, thanking Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS), EnQuest Sullom Voe and the Rotary Club of Shetland for organising and sponsoring the event.

Skelburn provided music before the awards ceremony kicked off, with local MSP Beatrice Wishart on hand to give certificates to all nominees.

VAS volunteer support worker Kellie Naulls said: “It has been exciting to have been a part of the 10th Shetland Youth Volunteering Awards.

“Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this year a big success. Congratulations and best wishes to all of the nominees and to the winners.”

VAS executive officer Catherine Hughson said it was “another great event showing the continued commitment of people in Shetland to Volunteer and give so much to their communities”.