Volunteers celebrated at awards ceremony

Colin Pentland
Colin Pentland

A dedicated volunteer from Buckhaven has had his efforts recognised at a recent awards ceremony in Fife.

Colin Pentland, who gives up his time for CLEAR, was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award at last week’s Fife Voluntary Action awards.

He said: “I didn’t actually feel I deserved it when you hear what others have done, but it does make me feel like my efforts have been for something.”

Three other organisations were also successful at the awards. Fife Gingerbread was given the Reducing Health Inequalities Award for its teen parent project, while the Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative received the New Organisation Award. And Lauren Sykes from East Fife and Scooniehill Riding for the Disabled was honoured with the New Volunteer Award.

Shirley Faichney from MCCI said: “To have been nominated was great, shortlisted brilliant but to win was amazing! It’s wonderful that the volunteers, staff, local families and our wonderful children and young people have had their hard work and effort recognised.”

Kath Miller, project development manager at Fife Gingerbread added: “Winning the award is fantastic for the project and the organisation. It draws attention to the dedication and hard work of the three Teen Parent Workers in the Kirkcaldy, Lochgelly, Glenrothes and Levenmouth areas of Fife.

“It also highlights the needs of this particular group to other services, while promoting teen parents as valued and active contributors within our communities.”