Levenmouth-based volunteers and organisations were big winners at the recent Volunteering and Voluntary Sector Awards Ceremony.
Fife Gingerbread volunteer Danni Biggar scooped the Young Volunteer of the Year Award, while Charlie’s Plot, Fife Gingerbread and Levenmouth Foodbank were all celebrated on the night too.
I love volunteering and helping out in any way I canDanii Biggerstaff
The ceremony, hosted by Fife Voluntary Action, attracted nominations from across the sector and awards were presented by Councillor Kay Morrison, depute provost, as well as the event’s sponsors.
Shirley Faichney from Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative’s ‘Charlie’s Plot’ project, which scooped the Green/Environmental Organisation of the Year award, said the youngsters were delighted to receive their award.
“They were stunned and delighted!
“MCCI’s Amanda Gerrard and Ross Simpson were also finalists on the night in the volunteer and young volunteer of the year categories, so we’re very proud of them all.
“To reach the final from all the worthy nominations FVA must receive is an absolute privilege and to be winners of a category just wonderful.”
It was a double celebration for Fife Gingerbread, as their own volunteer Danni Biggar was honoured, and the Making It Work programme was given the Partnership Award.
Danni, who is now going to college to further her education thanks to her volunteering, told the Mail: “It’s like a dream come true. I love volunteering and helping out in any way I can. And for others to recognise that and to even give an award was just amazing.”
Claire Neill, progression and employability manager at Fife Gingerbread, said: “Winning this award is a great testament to the fantastic workers within the project. Coming from four different organisations to work on a project can be challenging, but the team has knitted together extremely well, with everyone involved deeply invested in supporting lone parents into work and making the partnership project a great success.”
And the good news just kept on coming for the area as Levenmouth Foodbank was presented with the award for Grassroots Organisation of the Year.
Alison Nelson, foodbank co-ordinator, told the Mail: “We are so glad that the work of all the volunteers and supporters has been recognised. While it is so bad that we as a foodbank are needed so badly in the community, we are happy to be able to provide the service we do.
“We would not be able to do this without all of our volunteers and supporters who are so generous in their giving of their time and donations.”