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Local Voluntary Sector Awards The Voscars 2016
The outstanding efforts of local volunteers and voluntary sector organisations were celebrated at a unique Hollywood-themed ‘VOSCARS’ awards ceremony hosted at Motherwell Concert Hall on Tuesday 1 November 2016.
The VOSCARS, organised by Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire on behalf of the North Lanarkshire Voluntary Sector Partnership Group, returned for a second staging almost five years to the day since its original hosting to recognise the European Year of Volunteering in 2011. The evening proved a huge success, with 600 volunteers and members of voluntary sector organisations joining together to celebrate the local voluntary sector in style.
Awards were made on the night in 13 categories to reward volunteers, voluntary sector organisations, and partners of the voluntary sector who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to supporting people and communities across North Lanarkshire. Each award winner was presented with a specially-engraved Oscars-style trophy.
Over 250 nominations were received in the run up to The VOSCARS, with an expert judging panel consisting of Helen Russell (Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire), Elaine Gibb (Voluntary Action Scotland), George Thomson (Volunteer Scotland) and Barry McLeod (The Improvement Service), together with representatives of sponsoring organisations, selecting four category finalists and winners for each of the 13 categories.
The show was hosted by popular Scottish radio and television personality Steve McKenna, who kept the audience entertained with his unique and wacky sense of humour, after opening comments from Councillor James Logue, Chair of North Lanarkshire Partnership. Councillor Jean Jones, Deputy Provost of North Lanarkshire Council, provided closing remarks.
The evening’s most prestigious award, North Lanarkshire Volunteer of the Year 2016, was scooped by Anne Rowan of Motherwell. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Anne’s personal story of triumph through tragedy over the last five years was told on stage on the night.
Anne is founder and Chair of Chris’s House, Scotland’s first 24-hour suicide crisis intervention centre. In little over a year of operation, the centre has provided help, response and intervention to over 140 individuals and families affected by and in real need as a result of suicide or suicidal crisis. The organisation was established in memory of Anne’s son Christopher, who lost his life to suicide in 2011 after suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Anne has shown courage and determination since then by committing herself to helping other people and families affected by suicide, culminating in the launch of Chris’s House in 2015.
Kenny Moffat, CEO of Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire, commented: “There are hundreds of local volunteers and voluntary sector organisations that work every day, week, month or year to help others and better our communities without seeking any reward.
“Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire was delighted to host The VOSCARS as a way of recognising a number of these unsung heroes. It turned out to be an enjoyable evening for everyone involved, also proving highly emotional for some of the winners.
“There were so many deserving award winners on the night, aged from 18 right through to 80. In an era when we hear of many bad things happening in our communities, it was fantastic to see so many people together in the one room who work for the good of people and society.
“The evening was not just about award winners though, it was about celebrating the brilliant achievements, no matter how big or small, of all of North Lanarkshire’s volunteers and voluntary sector organisations.
“We would like to express a huge thanks to the 13 sponsoring agencies and all the other companies who demonstrated their commitment to the local voluntary sector by supporting the event.
“But most importantly, a huge thanks and congratulations goes to all those who were nominated and make a difference locally through their participation in volunteering and voluntary sector activity.”
As well as the presentation of awards, the ceremony also incorporated the launch of North Lanarkshire Partnership Volunteering Pledge. This involved North Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and a host of other Community Planning Partners signing a manifesto of intent and aspiration around standards and good practice that all public and voluntary sector organisations should adhere to when involving volunteers.
Furthermore, a commemorative North Lanarkshire Voluntary Sector Roll of Honour was launched at The VOSCARS to recognise and appreciate those volunteers and other individuals within the local voluntary sector that have passed away in the last 10 years. A total of 20 fondly remembered former active citizens became the first inductees to the Roll of Honour on the night.
If The VOSCARS has inspired you to become involved in volunteering in your community, please contact Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire on 01236 748011 or visit www.voluntaryactionnorthlanarkshire.org.uk for further information.
AWARD WINNERS/ CATEGORY FINALISTS BY TOWN/ LOCALITY AREA
(Main award winners highlighted in red)
AIRDRIE AWARD WINNERS
Caitlyn Sharpe (Finalist in Young Volunteer Category)
HOPE for Autism (Finalist in Engaging Support Needs Volunteers Category)
Moira Anderson Foundation (Finalist in Social Enterprising Organisation Category)
Chris’s House (Finalist in Outstanding New Organisation Category)
BELLSHILL AWARD WINNERS
Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre (Winner in Volunteer-Engaging Organisation Category)
Virgin Media (Winner in Employer Supported Volunteering Champion Category)
Milena Canning (Finalist in Volunteer Champion Category)
Sam Hunter (Finalist in Volunteer Champion Category)
Laura Campbell (Finalist in Promoting Safer Communities Category)
VIP Arts and Sports Academy (Finalist in Social Enterprising Organisation Category)
Families and Friends Against Murder and Suicide (FFAMS) (Finalist in Outstanding New Organisation Category)
BCF Technology (Finalist in Employer Supported Volunteering Champion Category)
Scottish Enterprise (Finalist in Employer Supported Volunteering Champion Category)
COATBRIDGE AWARD WINNERS
Jim Melvin (Winner in Promoting Safer Communities Category)
Glenboig Neighbourhood House (Winner in Social Enterprising Organisation Category and Finalist in Community Transport Champion Category)
Lanarkshire Baby Bank (Winner in Outstanding New Organisation Category)
Richard Carlson (Finalist in Volunteer Champion Category)
Teresa Aitken and Teresa Keating (Joint Finalists in Promoting Safer Communities Category)
CUMBERNAULD & NORTH AREA AWARD WINNERS
Laura and Hannah Johnstone (Joint Winners in Young Volunteer Category)
Billy Lees (Winner in Golden Volunteer Category and Finalist in North Lanarkshire Volunteer of the Year 2016 Category)
Doreen Strachan (Winner in Volunteering in a Sports Setting Category)
Jean Ford (Winner in Volunteer Champion Category)
Demi O’Mellon (Winner in Supporting Fire Safety and Awareness Category)
Matthew Creaney (Finalist in Young Volunteer Category)
Joe Robertson (Finalist in Golden Volunteer Category)
John King (Finalist in Promoting Safer Communities Category)
Cumbernauld and Kelvin Visually Impaired and Blind Bowlers Club (Finalist in Outstanding New Organisation Category)
CACE Older People Active Lives (Finalist in Community Transport Champion and Supporting Fire Safety and Awareness categories)
Care and Repair North Lanarkshire (Category Finalist in Supporting Fire Safety and Awareness Category)
Drop In Cafe (Category Finalist in Supporting Fire Safety and Awareness Category)
MOTHERWELL AWARD WINNERS
Anne Rowan (Winner in North Lanarkshire Volunteer of the Year 2016 Category)
The Health and Wellness Hub (Winner in Engaging Support Needs Volunteers Category and Finalist in Social Enterprising Organisation Category)
Ciara McGhee (Finalist in Young Volunteer Category)
Matt Muircroft (Finalist in Golden Volunteer Category)
Alan Wilson (Finalist in Volunteering in a Sports Setting Category)
James Callachan (Finalist in Volunteering in a Sports Setting Category)
Taimur Shoaib (Finalist in Volunteering in a Sports Setting Category)
Lanarkshire Muslim Welfare Society (Finalist in Volunteer-Engaging Organisation Category)
Victim Support North Lanarkshire (Finalist in Volunteer-Engaging Organisation Category)
Lanarkshire Deaf Club (Finalist in Engaging Support Needs Volunteers Category)
Lanarkshire Links (Finalist in Engaging Support Needs Volunteers Category)
SHOTTS AWARD WINNERS
Getting Better Together Ltd (Winner in Community Transport Champion Category)
WISHAW AWARD WINNERS
Ellen Phillips (Finalist in Golden Volunteer Category)
LANDED Peer Education Service (Finalist in Volunteer-Engaging Organisation Category)
Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust (Finalist in Community Transport Champion Category)
Catherine McCallum (Finalist in North Lanarkshire Volunteer of the Year Category)
Evelyn Anne Gray (Finalist in North Lanarkshire Volunteer of the Year Category)
NORTH LANARKSHIRE WIDE AWARD WINNERS
City Technical (Finalist in Employer Supported Volunteering Champion Category)
Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire (Special Health and Social Care Integration Award)