Volunteers who support Angus Council’s social work services were thanked for their commitment at an event in Monifieth recently.
More than 100 volunteers in Angus give their time and energy to helping people in the local community.
At the event, Social Work and Health Convener Glennis Middleton told the volunteers: “We would like to express our thanks and appreciation for the time and commitment you continue to show and the enormous assistance this provides in delivering good quality social work services.
“The continuous presence of a ‘familiar face’ and the commitment and sense of reliability you provide all contribute to ensuring we achieve the most positive outcomes for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”
At the event, there were two presentations to volunteers who have given long service, and a new initiative award given to a group of volunteers who established a drama group for children with disabilities.
Those recognised this year were:
Long Service Award
Det Ulbrich - Det, from Carnoustie, first registered as a volunteer driver in 1999 and since 2002 he has travelled a total of 156,737 miles.
Det was a foster carer before becoming a volunteer driver; he has enjoyed transporting children and adults throughout this time. He takes volunteering very seriously putting in a lot of time and effort; he is reliable and can be depended on to carry out whatever is asked of him.
Bob Mackie - Bob, from Forfar, has also been a volunteer driver since 1999 and has travelled 263,842 miles. He transports mostly older people; he has a great easy going manner and develops a rapport with the service users. Bob has built many good and long-lasting relationships with the people he transports and always considers their needs.
New Initiative Award
A new initiative award has been developed this year to recognise the efforts of volunteers to introduce new and innovative ways of engaging with citizens of Angus.
This year the work of three exceptional young people Lori Simpson, Emily Milton and Becca Brown, who all attend Forfar Academy, and their adult volunteer Tracy Maxwell, was recognised.
The girls planned and implemented an exceptionally professional drama performance involving a large group of young people who use Strathmore Centre for young people with learning disabilities.