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Young volunteers in Scotland to receive awards
22 October 2005

Carly Rae, 17, from Greenock, Scotland is the face of the MV Awards for young volunteers. Carly herself is a volunteer.Carly Rae, 17, from Greenock, Scotland is the face of the MV Awards for young volunteers. Carly herself is a volunteer.
Glasgow, Scotland: Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS) has recently launched the new MV Awards to celebrate the contribution made to volunteering by young people in Scotland. Delivered locally by the Volunteer Centre Network, the awards are open to all volunteers aged between 16 – 25 years.

TV personality Karen Dunbar was on hand to help launch the national roll out of MV Awards alongside young people including the face of the MV Awards, Carly Rae (17) from Greenock, and staff from Volunteer Centres and volunteer involving organizations.

MV Awards are endorsed by the Scottish Executive as a positive recognition of the commitment and contribution made by young volunteers. Volunteer Development Scotland has overall responsibility for the delivery of the MV initiative on behalf of the Scottish Executive. There are two national co-ordinators, Fiona Evans and Linda McNeill.

Speaking on behalf of both co-ordinators, Fiona Evans says, “We are delighted to be launching the MV Awards today (7 October 2005) and celebrate the contribution made to volunteering by so many young people in Scotland. These volunteers are having such a positive impact on their communities and the MV Awards are an excellent way of recognizing their achievements.”

Fiona adds: “The MV Awards promote flexibility of volunteering and demonstrate that giving even a little of your time, whenever you can, can quickly build up and make a difference. It’s a great way for young people to improve confidence, learn new transferable skills and do something that interests them and that they enjoy.”

The face of the MV Awards is Carly Rae, 17, from Greenock. She volunteers for a number of projects including the youth section of the Inverclyde Community Support Services which provides young people with a range of different things to do in the area one of which is a drama production group. Within her school she volunteers as a prefect helping the younger pupils.

Carly has just completed her 100 hours MV Award certificate and is well on the way to achieving the prestigious Award of Excellence. She explains: “I get great satisfaction out of volunteering and helping to show that there are positive things happening for young people in Inverclyde. I really enjoy volunteering. It’s a lot of fun.”

The launch of MV Awards is supported by Scotland national team boss, Walter Smith, DJs Paul Harper and Amanda McKinnon from Beat 106, George Bowie from Radio Clyde, actor Atta Yaqub, River City star Lorraine McIntosh and Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross.

Delivered locally by the Volunteer Centre Network, MV Awards are open to all volunteers aged between 16 – 25 years. A new certificate for 50 hours of volunteering has been introduced alongside awards for 100 hours and the 200 hours Award of Excellence.

Participants have up to two years to complete the hours required and the Awards are flexible and easily accessible for the volunteer.

An online volunteering passport has been developed to let volunteers keep track of their volunteering hours counting towards the MV Awards. This is particularly useful for people who volunteer with a range of different projects and organizations.

All 32 Volunteer Centres in Scotland now have a specialist youth development worker tasked with raising awareness of volunteering and volunteering programmes for young people. They will target hard to reach young people currently underrepresented in volunteering.

George Thomson, Chief Executive of VDS concludes: “It’s great to be launching MV Awards and to see the strength and depth of youth volunteering. Once again Scotland is leading the way in promoting youth volunteering. Following the recent Russell Commission recommendations the UK is planning to use a similar model to Scotland for youth volunteering development.”