Saltire flies high for top volunteer Emma

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A young woman who has given hundreds of hours to volunteering has received one of the top awards for her 

Emma Cleland (18), a former pupil at Douglas Academy, was nominated by her school after she carried out an exceptional 600 hours of voluntary work over the past two years.

This month she received the Saltire Summit Award for outstanding contribution.Emma volunteered at the Fraser Centre in Milngavie, assisted at Brownies, delivered events at local care homes, helped out at French school and volunteered at a children’s summer camp.

The Saltire Awards are the new Scottish awards designed to formally recognise the commitment and contribution of youth volunteering. Supported by the Scottish Government, the Saltire Awards enable young volunteers to record the skills, experience and learning gained through successful volunteering.

Douglas Academy head teacher Seamus Black said: “Emma has given many, many hours of her time helping both young and old in and around Milngavie and she thoroughly deserves this award. Having now left school, I would like to wish her all the very best for the future and to congratulate her once again on receiving the Saltire Summit Award. Well done, Emma.”

EDC’s convener of education, Councillor Eric Gotts, said: “It is wonderful to see young volunteers being recognised for the contribution they make to their local communities. Emma’s commitment to helping others in and around Milngavie has been outstanding and I am sure that she has greatly benefited the many people she has worked with. I would like to congratulate her on her Saltire Summit Award and wish her every success as she goes on to university later this year.”

Emma was delighted to receive her award for doing something she really enjoys. She said: “Volunteering is a big part of my life now and I find it very rewarding. I would encourage other young people to get involved and help in their community.”