Citizens Advice Bureau Western Isles has been awarded a funding boost of £5,000 through the Clydesdale Bank Spirit of the Community Awards to recognise the important role it plays in the local community.
The Spirit of the Community Awards announced the substantial donations to voluntary groups at an awards ceremony in Glasgow to recognise the charities and not-for-profit organisations which are going the extra mile.
Twelve community groups across Scotland were selected to share funding of £75,000 to make a real difference in their local areas, including Citizens Advice Bureau Western Isles which has been awarded £5,000 to recruit a part time Volunteer Training Support Officer who will promote, recruit and train volunteers to help improve their own employability skills and assist the Bureau in delivering its much needed service.
Now in their second year, the awards were open to a range of organisations across the third sector which could demonstrate their support for the local community. Groups were invited to enter the awards scheme under one of three categories; education, employability and environment.
An overall winning group has been selected in each category securing £10,000 of funding, along with three highly commended winners that were each awarded £5,000.
David Thorburn, Chief Executive of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said: “Clydesdale Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards recognise and support the important role that voluntary and charitable organisations play in their local communities. It has been inspiring to see the great work that is being done at grass roots level across the country.
“Citizens Advice Bureau Western Isles is an extremely deserving winner and has been recognised for its community spirit with this award from Clydesdale Bank.”
Roddy Nicolson, Service Development Manager at Citizens Advice Bureau Western Isles, said: “On behalf of the Western Isles Citizens Advice Service we are delighted to be one of only twelve winners in Clydesdale Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards.
“It says a lot for the service that we provide from the Outer Hebrides and is a boost for all involved with WICAS, Volunteers, staff and the Board of Directors. It is hoped that this funding will help us to meet our targets and objectives and we are grateful for the opportunity that such a grant will give us.”