MSP Flies the Flag for Childline Volunteers

Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart met with dedicated young volunteers as he presented Saltire Awards certificates to 41 volunteers at the NSPCC Childline service in Aberdeen. The Saltire Awards, which are endorsed by the Scottish Government, are for young people aged between 12 and 25 and recognise and reward them for their fantastic contribution to volunteering. The awards are co-ordinated in Aberdeen City by ACVO (Aberdeen’s third sector interface).

Kevin Stewart MSP took time to thank Aberdeen volunteers for their outstanding commitment to helping the NSPCC Childline service. The total number of volunteer hours from the 41 people honoured reached an amazing 6294 – and Kevin Stewart MSP was thrilled to be there to thank volunteers for the great commitment they give to the vital Childline service. He said “receiving a Saltire Award is an incredible achievement, because it is earned through hard work and dedication from purely voluntary service. Volunteers are the often unsung heroes in our communities which is why it is important that we recognise and celebrate the work of these amazing people who give their time for others. Some children live with unimaginable stress and pain, and having a service like Childline can be life changing because it gives them an opportunity to speak out safely and get the help they need. This vital service is only possible because of people volunteering.”

Kerri Stewart, Aberdeen Childline Volunteer Co-ordinator, said: “We are delighted to currently have a large number of young people volunteering with us. The contribution of our young volunteers is of great value to the service. They help make up the vital team of volunteers who are there for children and young people.”

Childline in Aberdeen are currently recruiting for more helpline volunteers so they can be there for even more young people and would be delighted to hear from anyone aged 16 or over who would be interested in giving their time. Visit www.nspcc.org.uk/volunteer or call the local Childline office on 01224 973030 for more information.

For more details about the Saltire Awards (for volunteers aged 12-25 years) please visit www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers/young-volunteers/ and https://saltireawards.org.uk/