Music students help Lanarkshire's volunteers celebrate in style at the VOSCARS


A Hollywood-themed ceremony dedicated to honouring Lanarkshire’s volunteers has gone with a swing – with the help of music students from New College Lanarkshire.

The annual ‘VOSCARS’ gala is a celebration of the outstanding work carried out by voluntary workers and voluntary sector organisations.

HNC Music students provided the music before the ceremony and during the interval for the 600 invited guests.

The event, which is organised by Voluntary Action North Lanrkshire on behalf of North Lanarkshire Voluntary Sector Partnership Group, was held at Motherwell Concert Hall on November 1.

The awards across 13 categories are designed to reward volunteers, voluntary sector organisations, and partners of the voluntary sector who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to supporting people and communities across North Lanarkshire.

Stuart Matson, Community Programmes Manager for New College Lanarkshire, presented the award for ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ to Cumbernauld sisters Laura and Hannah Johnstone.

The former Greenfaulds High pupils have for the last five years combined their studies and jobs with volunteering to choreograph the school’s summer shows.

Stuart said: “We were delighted to support the VOSCARS awards recognising the amazing contribution of volunteers in North Lanarkshire.

“The audience also enjoyed the fantastic performances of our music students during the evening.”

The event also incorporated the launch of North Lanarkshire Partnership Volunteering Pledge.

This involved New College Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and a host of other Community Planning Partners signing a manifesto of intent and aspiration around standards and good practice that all public and voluntary sector organisations should adhere to when involving volunteers.

Kenny Moffat, CEO of Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire, commented: “There are hundreds of local volunteers and voluntary sector organisations that work every day, week, month or year to help others and better our communities without seeking any reward.

“The evening was not just about award winners, though, it was about celebrating the brilliant achievements, no matter how big or small, of all of North Lanarkshire’s volunteers and voluntary sector organisations.”

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