Inspiring work of Isles’ volunteers

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The Volunteer Centre Western Isles launched its inspiring photo exhibition ’Volunteers in Action,’ on June 1st in Pointers Youth Cafe, Stornoway.

Over 150 photos were on display, featuring volunteers from all walks of life across a broad range of organisations in the Western Isles.

Kirsty Macdonald of the Volunteer Centre Western Isles welcomed the audience for the opening ceremony and Councillor Charlie Nicholson spoke enthusiastically about the importance of volunteers to the communities of the Western Isles and expressed gratitude for all the work achieved.

Megan Shaw, winner of Young Volunteer of the Year 2015 (pictured at the exhibition) spoke about her own volunteering journey and how it has changed her life for the better. She has been volunteering with Alzheimer Scotland since 2012. MSP Alasdair Allan also attended the event and commented: “It was a great event.”

Kirsty Macdonald, joint manager of the VCWI, said: “The exhibition has been very well received. Everyone who has seen it has found the experience an uplifting one.

“Feedback we have received include comments such as: ‘An eye opener’; ‘excellent, very informative about all the good work going on’; ‘wonderful – inspiring and amazing photos showing the great work done by volunteers’.

“We hope that as well as giving people a lift by celebrating the volunteering that already exists, the exhibition might encourage a few new volunteers to get involved,” she added.

For more information about how to volunteer or to support volunteer organisations, contact the Volunteer Centre Western Isles at 95, Cromwell Street, Stornoway, call 01851 700366 or stornoway@volunteeringwesternisles.co.uk.