Volunteer Week has been a time to celebrate for two Harris volunteers, each receiving awards yesterday (Tuesday June 4th)

Kelly Mackay from Cliasmol was at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh yesterday, to receive a Saltire Award certificate, acknowledging 200 hours of volunteering with Girlguiding Harris.

Saltire Awards are part of a Scottish Government programme celebrating the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland, aged between 12 and 25.

With other young people, Kelly received a nationally-recognised certificate, signed by Scottish Government ministers, for her 200 hours – and she’s already committed to her 500-hour certificate by volunteering with Youth Volunteering Innovation Project (Youth VIP) and Youth Voice Scotland.

Back home in Harris, army cadet leader Tim Martin was taken by surprise during a regular training session with the Harris Detachment of 1st Battalion the Highlanders - Army Cadet Force.

He was presented with a Clisham award by Volunteering Centre Western Isles’ Harris representative. The Clisham award is given to adult volunteers to recognise an outstanding volunteering contribution for long-term commitment.

Tim has been involved with the Harris cadets for 12 years and it was one of the parents of a cadet who nominated him for the award. Harris Volunteer Centre’s spokesperson said: “Without him our young people wouldn't have the opportunity to take part. Thank you on behalf of past and present cadets and their parents.”

The pictures show Kelly Mackay (centre) with other youth representatives at the Scottish Parliament yesterday, and Tim Martin with three of the present Army Cadets in Harris.