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'Inspirational' young Sutherland volunteers recognised


By Caroline McMorran

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Two young people in Sutherland have been recognised for their “outstanding contribution” to volunteering.

Hannah Grewcock (17), Golspie, and Michael Shaw (15), Ardgay, are among eight young volunteers across Highland to have received a Saltire Summit Award.

Michael Shaw.
Michael Shaw.
Hannah Grewcock.
Hannah Grewcock.

Young people are nominated for the prestigious award by volunteering organisations and the nominations are reviewed by an independent panel.

An online awards ceremony was held at which guest speaker was MSP Kate Forbes, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy.

Hannah, who has been volunteering since 2017, has regularly helped out Golspie library as well as organised a variety of community events including IT support sessions.

She was said to be “always willing to help and encourage others”.

Michael has volunteered with the Kyle of Sutherland Hub for the past three years, taking on a variety of jobs including as a cafe assistant, cleaner, receptionist and activity organiser. He continued to support the hub during the pandemic.

Ms Forbes told the young people at the virtual ceremony: “You are an absolute credit to yourselves and to your organisations and an inspiration to others.

“Volunteering is one of the most important things that happens in Scotland.” and has a real impact.”

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