A sixth year Fraserburgh Academy pupil has received a special award for volunteering at a ceremony recently.
Lisa West received her 500 hours Saltire Award at a prize giving ceremony held at the academy recently.
The award is a first for Fraserburgh Academy and a huge achievement for Lisa who has been working towards the award over the last year.
Lisa achieved the award by regularly giving up her free time to help local organisations, including using her musical talents at the Invercairn Flute Band and Fraserburgh Academy Choir.
The Fraserburgh Academy pupil is also a Young Leader with 1st Fraserburgh Beaver Scouts, a young covenanter at Fraserburgh Old Parish Church and a member of the Fraserburgh Academy Pupil Leadership Council.
The Saltire Award is the ultimate goal of the scheme, which is designed for young people aged between 12 and 25 years of age. The young people who achieve the award can then apply to become a Saltire Ambassador and encourage others to volunteer through the scheme.
Rhona Davidson, Development Officer for Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire in Fraserburgh and the surrounding area, was delighted to be invited to present Lisa with her award.
Commenting, Rhona said: “Young people make a huge commitment to both local and national organisations through volunteering and Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire are delighted to allow these youngsters to receive the recognition they deserve. We are delighted for Lisa for reaching this goal and are thrilled that she has agreed to return to be part of the Saltire Ambassador’s panel for this part of Scotland.”
Also invited to the presentation to represent their organisations were Anne Stephen from the 1st Fraserburgh Beaver Scouts, Bruce Buchan from Invercairn Flute Band, Dorothea West from Fraserburgh Old Parish Church and Pauline Buchan from Fraserburgh Academy Pupil Leadership Council and Fraserburgh Academy Choir
Mrs Buchan commented: “Lisa has contributed so much to Fraserburgh Academy as School Captain this session and also in her commitment to the Vocal Ensemble and the Pupil Leadership Council. She is an example to others in that she has been able to balance all of her volunteering commitments and still be successful in her learning.”
The Saltire Awards are supported by the Scottish Government and are a recognised volunteering programme designed for young people.
There are four sections to the awards – Challenge, Approach, Ascent and Summit. The young people can progress through the various stages but also have the option to enter and exit the programme at any level. The awards also dovetail with a number of key objectives of the Curriculum for Excellence.
If you would like to know more about this or other volunteer award schemes which are available, contact the Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire in Fraserburgh by calling 01346 586106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit www.vcaberdeenshire.org.uk for more information.