Selflessly making a difference...

Bill Robertson, from Howe of Fife Rugby Club, collects the Active Organisation award from Kirsteen Torrance, of Active Fife.
Bill Robertson, from Howe of Fife Rugby Club, collects the Active Organisation award from Kirsteen Torrance, of Active Fife.

Volunteers from across Fife enjoyed a touch of glamour recently when Fife Voluntary Action held its annual awards ceremony.

Two awards came to north-east Fife.

Scooniehill Riding for the Disabled’s Lauren Sykes picked up the New Volunteer award, while the Active Organisation award went to Howe of Fife Rugby Club, with Bill Robertson there to collect the award.

More than 200 guests gathered at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews to celebrate and recognise the efforts of volunteers and the organisations operating in the Kingdom.

There was a record number of nominations for the awards, leaving the judging panel a tough time selecting finalists and winners. A spokesman for Fife Voluntary Action commented: “We believe the efforts of the thousands of volunteers and organisations operating daily and across the Kingdom are worth celebrating.”

All aspects of volunteering were celebrated, from scouting to gardening, Samaritans to football.

Samaritans of Dunfermline were named organisation of the year, while Colin Pentland of CLEAR Buckhaven was named volunteer of the year.

Cross-Fife organisations picked up several awards, including Active Schools, whose Ashley Smyth picked up the award for young volunteer, and Morgan Steedman was named active volunteer.

Irene Cuthbertson from Citizens Advice and Rights Fife was named inspirational volunteer.

The innovation award went to the Disabled Person’s Housing Service for their housing mentors 55+ for their volunteering project, and Fife Gingerbread’s teen parent project took the award for reducing health inequalities.

The Fife Employment Access Trust won the partnership award for their work with NHS Fife, while the equality and diversity award went to the Fife Migrants Forum. The Ecology Centre was awarded the environmental improvement award and Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative received the new organisation award.

Individual awards went to Ian Stirton of Greener Kirkcaldy who was given the trustee or board member award, while Sandra Mason of Age Concern received their volunteering into work prize.

David Marshall of East Fife Girls’ and Women’s Football Club was named mature volunteer, amongst more than 50 volunteers nominated for long service awards, including three Scouts who between them had racked up more than 50 years’ service.At the other end of the scale the FVA awards included Saltire Summit Award winners - nine exceptional youngsters.