Finn Achieves Great Success With A 500 Hour Saltire Award

Friday, August 30, 2019

Finn McGill received his 500 hour Saltire Award and Picky Reward at Orkney Seafarers this week.

The Saltire Awards are the Scottish Government’s way of celebrating, recognising and rewarding the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland for those between 12 - 25 years of age.

Finn has been a committed volunteer since 2017 where he first began volunteering with skyranMOON in Stromness. Giving his time freely with enthusiasm has been a great asset to various voluntary organisations throughout Orkney including the Parliamentary Office, Orkney Active, and most recently, Orkney Seafarers.

When asked why he volunteered he said: “Volunteering appeared somewhat by accident - the experience was frankly brilliant. The human-facing roles I performed markedly boosted my confidence as a result."

Josie Izzard, Orkney Seafarers' Charity Shop Manager said: “Finn is an inspiring young man. He has been volunteering at the Orkney Seafarers' Charity Shop over the Summer months. We have found Finn to be diligent and meticulous in every task he has been set. Finn has interacted with staff and customers with ease.”

Laura Leonard, Youth Development Worker at VAO commented: “Achieving 500 hours of volunteering in two years shows outstanding commitment and willingness. Finn should be very proud of himself. We wish him all the best in the future.

"Working in partnership with The Pickaquoy Centre to reward young people for their efforts in our community is a real bonus to the Saltire Awards programme here in Orkney - and a great way to say thank you!"

If you would like to know more about the Saltire Awards and how to get involved please visit or contact Brian or Laura at VAO on 872897, or on their Facebook page @brianlauravaorkney.