Inverurie Academy pupil, Rachel Clarke (14) is the first in Central Aberdeenshire to receive the Young Aberdeenshire Volunteer Award.
Rachel spent most of her Easter break volunteering as a shadow youth worker at The Gaitherin, which this year was held at Gordon Schools, Huntly.
As a keen participant in the Gaitherin since P4, Rachel has enjoyed dancing, voice and drama, plus playing the guitar, and will continue participating through senior school. She said: “I am thrilled to have received the award and to have been part of the Gaitherin as a helper. It is great to be able to give something back.”
The Young Aberdeenshire Volunteer Award supports the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence through the development of responsible citizens and effective contributors. Administered by Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire (VCA), and supported by Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership, the award recognises the volunteering efforts of young people aged between five and 15 years, who volunteer in the school environment or in the local community.
Certificates are awarded for completion of 10, 20, 30 and 45 plus hours. Rachel had completed a total of 85 hours to achieve her Platinum Award.
Development Officer, for VCA (Central), Edith MacDonald said: “Congratulations go to Rachel on her achievement, and for being the first young person in Central Aberdeenshire to receive this award.”