PROVOST Ian Clarkson and North Ayrshire Council leader Joe Cullinane went along to The Ayrshire Community Trust in Saltcoats to meet the team.

They were visiting TACT in Vernon Street to hear about the new adult volunteering award scheme being launched by the charity.

Adults can receive awards for their volunteering, starting with the Bronze Award for 25 to 49 hours of volunteering; the Silver Award for volunteers completing 50 to 99 hours; the Gold Award for those completing 100 to 199 hours; Platinum Award is for those volunteering for over 200 hours and the Palladium Award is for those volunteers who complete over 200 hours and go above and beyond with their volunteering.

Provost, Councillor Ian Clarkson said: “I am so impressed with the number of people who have taken time during these difficult days to go out and make a difference by helping others.

“To hear about the people from the TACT team is so impressive and I am pleased that now adults can be recognised through this awards scheme.

“I am also impressed with the different sorts of volunteering being done in North Ayrshire and congratulations to the TACT team for coordinating these volunteers.

“I look forward to an awards ceremony to hear about them.”

Anne Wilson of TACT said: “This award has been designed to recognise the hours that volunteers contribute to our local area and volunteers are able to get a certificate when they have completed 25 hours or more.

“The award is open to people in the area who are over 25 years of age and hours can be retrospectively applied for since June 1, 2021.

“Certificates can only be requested through an organisation so if you are a volunteer get your organisation to give us a call on 01294 443044.”