Winners Announced At CVS Voluntary Awards - Reach For The Stars
Compassionate Inverclyde picked up the Voluntary Organisation of the Year title at last night's big screen event for Reach for the Stars, the Inverclyde Community Awards 2018, held in front of a capacity audience at the Waterfront Cinema Greenock with host, TV presenter Jean Johansson.
Organised by CVS Inverclyde, Reach for the Stars also saw awards in four volunteer categories going to:
• Kyle Watters of Enterprise Childcare Autism Service, for Young Volunteer sponsored by River Clyde Homes;
• Jenny Speck former Chair of Broomhill Tenants and Residents Association, for Volunteer Leader of the Year sponsored by Inverclyde Council;
• Ardgowan Hospice Patient Transport Service, for Volunteer Team of the Year sponsored by Waterfront Cinema Greenock; and
• David Adams of Wemyss Bay Community Association, for Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Inverclyde HSCP. David sadly lost his battle with cancer in September, but in the knowledge that he had been selected as a finalist having been nominated by the community he loved and who loved him back. He was represented by his family and members of his community, who were delighted to collect the award in his memory.
The Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2018 category, sponsored by the Oak Mall Shopping Centre, was selected by a hotly contested People's Vote attracting thousands of votes for the four finalists who had been shortlisted by a judging panel back in September. The finalists and winner of each volunteer category were selected by independent judging panels.
Volunteer winners were awarded glass trophies, along with certificates and vouchers for them and every finalist. As winner of Voluntary Organisation of the Year, Compassionate Inverclyde won a £500 grant from the Inverclyde Community Fund, which is administered by CVS Inverclyde.
A highlight of the evening was the big screen debut of films of each of the 16 finalists shot by West College Scotland Creative Industries Television students, as part of their curricular activities.
"Our Reach for the Stars awards are a celebration of Inverclyde's vibrant voluntary sector and volunteer community," said Ian Bruce, Executive Officer of CVS Inverclyde.
"We congratulate the winners and, indeed, all our finalists, and thank our sponsor partners and independent judges who were faced with another tremendous challenge in making their selection this year.
"The Waterfront Cinema team were excellent hosts and films from Chris Bradley and his West College Scotland students were the icing on the cake, helping us pay tribute to the organisations, volunteer teams and individuals who make such a valuable contribution to local life, work and play here in Inverclyde."
Sponsors for the big screen awards night included Riverside Inverclyde, Inverclyde Community Development Trust and Volunteer Inverclyde – www.volunteerinverclyde.com.
The Waterfront Cinema rounded off the evening with a feature film treat of the Nutcracker and the Four Realms for the audience of all ages.
Thanks to charity raffle prize supporters Taste Inverclyde, Cardwell Garden Centre, Millions, Waterfront Cinema and Volunteer Inverclyde, £400 was raised in support of the Inverclyde Community Fund.
Young Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by River Clyde Homes)
- Kristy McGunnigle for sports volunteering
- Mhairi McCann, a Year of Young People Ambassador
Winner - Kyle Watters of Enterprise Childcare Autism Service
Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Inverclyde HSCP)
- Alan Drewery of CLD Adult Literacies
- Kathleen McMillan, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park
Winner: David Adams of Wemyss Bay Community Association - represented by his family and members of his community
Volunteer Leader of the Year (sponsored by Inverclyde Council)
- Alastair McAlees of Street & Rail Pastors
- Ian McArthur of Belville Community Garden Trust
Winner: Jenny Speck - Former Chair of Broomhill Tenants and Residents Association
Volunteer Team of the Year (sponsored by the Waterfront Cinema)
- REACH for Change
- Trust Befriending
Winner: Ardgowan Hospice Patient Transport Service
Voluntary Organisation of the Year (sponsored by the Oak Mall Shopping Centre)
- Belville Community Garden Trust
- Gourock Golf Club
- Heartstart Inverclyde
- Winners: Compassionate Inverclyde
All photographs by Alasdair Bryson, Feature Developments.
Published: 16 November 2018