Award for top man Jim

Jim Henderson
Jim Henderson

A Methil man has been recognised for his dedication and hard work as a volunteer after receiving a national award.

Jim Henderson (68) has only been working with the Addaction service for a year and half, but in December it was revealed he had not only been awarded the top honour in his region, but had been recognised as the Addaction Volunteer of the Year for the whole of the UK.

“I was completely overwhelmed when they told me about the first award,” said Jim. “So when they told me about the second one I was a bit on edge, and about crying actually!”

And for Jim – a former colour mixer – the trip to London was made even more special as he was able to fulfil a lifelong dream – getting his picture taken, in a kilt, outside of Buckingham Palace.

Jim, who lives with his wife Joan in Methil and has three children and six grandchildren, has been volunteering for many years. He first worked with Cornerstone (now Home4Good) for 14 years, and joined Addaction in 2012.

Addaction is a nationwide charity which offers a wide range of services to help transform the lives of people affected by drug and alcohol problems.

It is a specialist harm reduction service and offers one to one assessment and support, health checks and testing and advice, as well as a needle exchange programme and mobile outreach unit.

Jim says it is the job satisfaction he gets from volunteering which keeps him coming back every day, adding: “I’d like to thank my manager Joe Omand, our sponsor the Marsh Christian Trust and Hazel Smith, who nominated me. And of course, it’s a team effort, so a big thank you to all the other workers.”

Joe commented: “One of the things which put Jim in the running for the award was his proactive and can-do approach to things. He’s established a real base in terms of promoting the service and has really raised our profile.”