LGBT charities are celebrating after being recognised for their valuable local work in Fife and Dumfries and Galloway.

img_3923Pink Saltire picked up the ‘Equality & Diversity Award’ at the recent Fife Voluntary Action awards, and Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Plus picked up the ‘Health, Wellbeing & Sport Award’ and ‘Volunteer Involving Organisation of the Year’ at their regional third sector awards ceremony, the VOSCARS.

There was also deserved recognition for individual volunteers, who are the beating heart of charities and LGBT groups around the country.

In Fife, Cameron Bowie was recognised for his outstanding contribution to local life, with the ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ award. Cameron is a key member of the Flavours of Fife LGBT youth group, a volunteer with Fife Pride and leads the LGBT group at Kirkcaldy High School.

Stuart Duffy, Founder of Pink Saltire, was also runner-up in the ‘Charity Champion’ category of the Dunfermline Press Awards for his work with the Kirkcaldy-based charity as well as raising almost £25,000 for a local community centre in his former home town of Cowdenbeath.

In Dumfries & Galloway, Leo Barrett picked up ‘Volunteer of the Year’ for their work within the region supporting D&G LGBT Plus, the health and wellbeing charity.

Stuart Duffy, who picked up the award with charity Trustees Will Watters and Pani Kular at a ceremony in Glenrothes, said:

“We are very proud to be recognised by our fellow Fifers for the work we’re doing in the region. The wider community here have proven time and again that they support LGBT human rights and making Fife a better place for everyone. We couldn’t do this valuable work without the help and support of volunteers and other partners, so we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked with us over the past year.”

Johnathon Gallagher, of Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Plus, said on Facebook:

“I am immensely proud of all the volunteers, trustees and staff that make D&G LGBT Plus a fantastic organisation, one that helps so many people and provides a community base and wonderful opportunities for people to meet and socialise.”

D&G LGBT Plus Manager, Johnathon Gallagher with volunteers

Main Pic: Cameron Bowie & members of Pink Saltire

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