Hot Spot volunteers rewarded

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A group of hard-working volunteers had their efforts recognised at a recent awards ceremony held at The Hot Spot in Peterhead.

The young volunteers along with their family and friends enjoyed a meal before the ceremony.

A total of 18 Saltire Awards were presented along with an Aberdeenshire Volunteer Award, in recognition of five years of volunteering.

Connor Dickie has been volunteering at The Hot Spot since July 2013.

He has achieved a Saltire Award for 200 hours of volunteering and is well on his way to the 500 hours

Geordan Grant was presented with a Saltire for 50 hours of volunteering.

Geordan says he enjoys the friendly, relaxed atmosphere at The Hot Spot, where he gets along with everyone.

He likes the fact that he is gaining practical skills and experience from volunteering.

Sean McGil received a Saltire Award for 50 hours of volunteering.

Despite gaining full-time employment Sean still volunteers at The Hot Spot.

Due to work commitments his award was accepted on his behalf by Steven Watling.

Megan Murray volunteered as an IT assistant before starting a college course this summer.

She was awarded a certificate for completing over 25 hours.

Kelly Strachan is the longest serving young volunteer at The Hot Spot and was awarded a Saltire certificate for 200 hours of volunteering.

She is currently on a break from volunteering while she completes a 12-week course.

Kelly says she is very proud to have received an award and thankful to The Hot Spot for giving her the confidence to attend courses and make new friends.

The final award of the night was an Aberdeenshire Volunteer Award in recognition of five years of volunteering.

This was awarded to Diane Mowatt who has completed over 1000 hours of volunteering in her roles with The Hot Spot, Theatre Modo, Arbuthnot Museum and The Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire.

Diane believes that volunteering has given her the skills and confidence to attend college and gain part-time employment.

If you are interested in volunteering at The Hot Spot telephone Tracy Turnbull on 01779 871450.

Alternatively you can drop in to The Hot Spot to chat about the opportunities available.

Diane Marshall from the Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire is also available at The Hot Spot on Friday mornings. Diane has a range of volunteering opportunities with something to suit everyone.