Finalists have been announced for Reach for the Stars – the Inverclyde Community Awards 2018. Run by CVS Inverclyde, the awards will see voluntary organisations and volunteers recognised and rewarded for their contribution to the local community.
Four finalists have been shortlisted in the Voluntary Organisation of the Year category, sponsored by the Oak Mall Shopping Centre - Ardgowan Hospice/Compassionate Inverclyde, Belville Community Garden Trust, Gourock Golf Club and Heartstart Inverclyde.
While the judges' decision accounts for 50 percent of the marks awarded to each finalist in the Voluntary Organisation category, the People's Vote will determine the remaining 50 percent and help decide the winner. The People's Vote is now open until Thursday 25 October at noon - click here to find out more and vote.
Joining the four voluntary organisations for the Big Screen Awards Night at the Waterfront Cinema on Thursday 15 November are three finalists in each of the four volunteer categories. They have been selected by judging panels with winners kept a closely guarded secret until the big reveal on awards night. The category finalists are:
Young Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by River Clyde Homes - Kristy McGunnigle for sports volunteering, Kyle Watters of Enterprise Childcare's autism service and Mhairi McCann, a Year of Young People Ambassador.
Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Inverclyde HSCP - Alan Drewery of CLD Adult Literacies, David Adams of Wemyss Bay Community Association, and Kathleen McMillan, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.
Volunteer Leader of the Year, sponsored by Inverclyde Council - Alastair McAlees of Street & Rail Pastors, Ian McArthur of Belville Community Garden Trust, and Jenny Speck for her work with Broomhill TARA.
Volunteer Team of the Year, sponsored by the Waterfront Cinema - Ardgowan Hospice Volunteer Drivers, REACH for Change and Trust Befriending.
"Our Reach for the Stars awards are a celebration of Inverclyde's vibrant voluntary sector and volunteer community," said Ian Bruce, Executive Officer of CVS Inverclyde.
"We congratulate all our finalists and thank our sponsor partners and independent judges who were faced with another tremendous challenge in making their selection. Together, we are paying tribute to organisations, volunteer teams and individuals who make such a valuable contribution to local life, work and play here in Inverclyde."
Films are being produced by West College Scotland Creative Industries students to introduce the 16 finalists at the Big Screen Awards Night this November. Host for the evening is TV presenter Jean Johansson.
Category winners will be presented with a crystal trophy, certificate and vouchers, with the Voluntary Organisation of the Year awarded a grant of £500 from the Inverclyde Community Fund, which is administered by CVS Inverclyde. All finalists will receive a framed certificate.