A WEE COUNTY Girlguiding volunteer has been recognised for her 30 years of service to the organisation.

Alloa's Mary Matthews was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th National Youth Works Awards in Glasgow on March 13.

The award, which is sponsored by YouthLink Scotland, only goes to individuals who have demonstrated committed, consistent and outstanding service to young people and the youth work sector.

For the past three decades, Mary has been a key part of developing Girlguiding in Clacks and across Scotland, and has worked tirelessly to support the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Her expertise and dedication has seen her deliver Girlguiding Scotland's programme to members and train youth leaders throughout the UK to lead young people in outdoor activities.

Mary said: "This award is for the thousands of incredible Girlguiding volunteers who put so much enthusiasm, expertise and time into giving girls a fantastic space to grow, become responsible citizens and to have fun.

"I'm humbled to be recognised in this way and to be part of an organisation that builds girls' confidence and raises their aspirations.

"Guiding has helped so many girls discover their full potential and the difference they can make in the world and in their communities, and it's been fantastic to go on this journey with them.

"Girlguiding has given so much to me too, from the opportunity to explore wonderful places all over the world to seeing the delight on the face of a girl whether she has achieved way beyond expectations or whether she is simply having fun."

Moira McKenna, Scottish chief commissioner of Girlguiding Scotland, was full of praise for Mary and her work over the years.

She added: "We're all incredibly proud of Mary in this thoroughly deserved achievement.

"Mary's commitment to our members is inspirational and her enthusiasm for empowering girls and young women has made such a positive difference to lives of so many young people.

"I'm over the moon that she's received this prestigious award in recognition of her fantastic work, and I know she will continue to inspire even more girls in the future."