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Community / Saltire Awards celebrate hard work of young volunteers

The volunteers at this year's Saltire awards ceremony. Photo: Dave Donaldson

THE TENTH annual Shetland Saltire Awards Ceremony was held in Mareel last night (Tuesday).

A total of 118 volunteers aged 12 to 25 from 43 local groups attended the awards, which are managed by Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS).

The organisations ranged from sports groups and youth clubs to charities and school activities.

The national award scheme is recognised all over Scotland by colleges, universities and workplaces.

The volunteers clocked up 11,000 collective hours of work between them, and 256 certificates were presented by Shetland MSYP Michaela Christie.

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She told the audience last night: “Communities and clubs would not be able to run if it wasn’t for people like you and you should all be extremely proud of yourselves.”

Volunteer at the ALICE Theatre Project, Amber Thomson, presented the closing speech.

“Being able to do something I love and get an award for it is one of the most rewarding things that has happened to me, and the same likely goes for everyone else who has achieved a similar thing,” she said.

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