A CHARITY that supports the resettlement of refugees in the Wee County is hoping to win big at a national awards ceremony after being shortlisted for a top prize.

Forth Valley Welcome, a non-profit organisation that offers help to refugee families in Clackmannanshire and Stirling, has been nominated in the Charity of the Year category at this year's Scottish Charity Awards.

Working closely with local councils, the volunteer-led group offers a range of services such as carrying out home visits, support with learning English and providing assistance with transport.

Lisa Hertwig, a volunteer at Forth Valley Welcome, told the Advertiser: "It's amazing that we've been recognised, and it'll hopefully help to raise awareness of the charity.

"Working for this cause really is time well spent. The families are so appreciative, and you're able to see that first-hand.

"It's clear that how we're able to help these people goes a long way, so it's great to receive some recognition for the work that we do across the county."

Formerly known as Stirling Citizens for Sanctuary, Forth Valley Welcome is one of three good causes who have been put forward for the prize.

Alyn Smith, SNP MP for Stirling, nominated the refugee initiative alongside Stirling Community Food and Start Up Stirling.

"We're delighted that Alyn's nominated us for this award," Lisa added.

"It would be great if this recognition could lead to more charities like ours to be set up, or possibly encourage more volunteers to help us at Forth Valley Welcome.

"It's definitely such a rewarding charity to work for."

The annual ceremony, hosted by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), aims to celebrate the best of Scotland's voluntary sector.

The winners will be decided by a panel of judges and announced on October 1.