Scots recognised in countrywide volunteer awards

BBC’s Fiona Stalker hosts Paths for All’s annual volunteer award ceremony

STIRLING, SCOTLAND – AUGUST 24: A Paths For All staff members headshot session at Stirling Court docket Hotel on August 24, 2021, in Stirling, Scotland. (Image by Ross Parker / SNS Team)

Volunteers have been recognised for their work to boost the health and fitness of community communities and going the additional mile through the pandemic at a nationwide award ceremony.

Paths for All’s Volunteer Awards 2021 showcased inspiring volunteers and tasks who have assisted other people direct happier, more healthy and greener lives.

The Volunteer Awards been given much more than 80 different task entries to this year’s awards ceremony held almost for the 2nd 12 months on 23 November and hosted by BBC Radio Scotland’s Fiona Stalker.

Excellent perform was acknowledged in 11 distinct categories at the 12th Annual Volunteer Awards.

Stephen Whiston from Argyll and Bute Wellbeing and Social Treatment Partnership (HSCP) has been named Action Depend Champion of the Calendar year.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Countryside Trust’s Fran Crumley from West Dunbartonshire has been recognised as Challenge Coordinator of the Yr.

Margaret Mackie from Angus won Dementia Pleasant Walking Volunteer with Kirrie Connections Going for walks Group.

Inverclyde Bothy Wellbeing Walk Job (managed by Cycling United kingdom) has been recognised as the winners of Wellbeing Stroll Team of the Year.

Ayrshire Sportsability and RNIB Scotland strolling group has been recognised as the winners of Volunteer Range Award.

Clackmannanshire job team, Walk with Braveheart has been named Active Vacation Team of the Calendar year.

Scottish Borders local Ian Gibb, who co-launched the Earlston Paths Team, has been recognised as the winner of Group Route Volunteer of the 12 months.

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Previous Chair of The Bicycle Station and Edinburgh community, Alan Brown has been recognised as winner of Active Vacation Volunteer of the yr.

Edinburgh group, The Strike Squad from the H2o of Leith Conservation Belief ended up named winners of the Group Route Group of the Year.

Terry MacTaggart from Fife has been recognised as the winner of the Overall health Stroll Volunteer of the Yr.

Susan Kennedy from Stirling has been awarded the Ian Findlay Outstanding Achievement Award.

This award was developed in honour of Paths for All’s late Main Officer, Ian Finlay CBE, who handed away all of a sudden in March this calendar year.

He volunteered for many organisations himself and considered that volunteers should really be recognised for their role in developing sturdy and resilient communities.

Personnel felt a volunteer award would be a fitting legacy for how he motivated the function of walking throughout transportation, wellness and environmental procedures in Scotland.

Retired midwife Susan supported new mother and father in the course of the pandemic when many other groups were being not accessible. Her perseverance to carry people today alongside one another made her the perfect winner of the to start with Ian Findlay Fantastic Volunteer award.

Kevin Lafferty, Paths for All’s new Chief Executive Officer, said: “Getting exterior and likely for a stroll is so valuable for our very own personal health and fitness and for the health of our earth so it is very important that we rejoice the outstanding perform carried out by volunteers to make secure environments.

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“Their priceless contribution is specifically operating to make improvements to the nation’s bodily, psychological and social well being which has been apparent in the course of the pandemic, with many heading previously mentioned and over and above their usual responsibilities.”

Virtually 350 volunteers been given certificates of many thanks to recognise the superb help they have provided in their community for extra folks to reward from every working day strolling, cycling and wheeling actions.

Paths for All operates with the Scottish Federal government and 30 companions to aid and supply national insurance policies, these as the National Strolling Method and other ‘active travel’ initiatives to strengthen the psychological, social and actual physical wellbeing of the nation.

The charity supports area authorities and communities to produce inclusive environments for individuals to be lively regardless of whether strolling, cycling or wheeling.

It also awards countless numbers of pounds truly worth of grants to worthwhile jobs that make improvements to well being, market going for walks and increase environments for people today to be energetic in.

Observe the ceremony on Paths for All’s You Tube channel.

To uncover out about Health Walks you can be a part of, take a look at: www.pathsforall.org.uk/healthwalkfinder

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