Jack Martin: We can all do our bit to help others – and it’s good for your health too

Football fever may be ­hotting up with the World Cup, but the volunteering community has been doing their own celebrating recently with National Volunteer Week, which runs annually from 1-7 June. This awareness week gives charities and organisations an opportunity to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make.

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Helen Chambers: Inspiring stories as mentors work in tandem with troubled kids

‘I’ve noticed a huge difference in Rob recently. He is like a different boy; his body language has changed and he sits up straighter and stands tall,” says Christine, Rob’s intandem mentor.


Kelly Donaldson: Arts groups draw fine lines from poets following their passions

What does ‘my time’ mean to you? That’s what we asked the public last spring, when Voluntary Arts Scotland teamed up with the Scottish Poetry Library to run an exciting new project.

Four month old Mara Wasik who, after a tough start in life, is mastering the art of free diving.'She is pictured with dad, Shane. Picture: Nikki Wasik.

Scots baby free dives with dad, four months after premature birth

She arrived in the world almost ten weeks early and her weight dropped to little more than a bag of sugar after she was born.

Susan Sarandon at pre-Oscar Luxury Lounge where contenders, A-Listers and industry influencers are given posh perks (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images for GBK Productions )

Oscars 2018: Academy Award nominees to receive £72,500 gift bags

Oscar nominees including Gary Oldman, Meryl Streep and Margot Robbie were set to receive gift bags containing vouchers for a 12-night trip to Tanzania and a trip to Hawaii.

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Martin Davidson, Scottish Director, Outward Bound Trust

Martin Davidson: Challenge is what Outward Bound strives to do – for youngsters and ourselves

Last year the Outward Bound Trust challenged ourselves to become ­bigger, better and bolder than we have ever been. After all, we ask the young people who take part in our residential programmes to seek ­challenge and push themselves ­outside their own comfort zones, so it’s only fitting and correct that we do the same as an organisation and as individuals.

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Former Lib-Dem leader Nick Clegg is to receive a knighthood in the New Year's Honours list according to reports. Picture: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Nick Clegg to be awarded ‘knighthood in New Year’s Honours’

Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is to receive a knighthood in the New Year’s honours list, it has been reported.

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A base of blended Scotch whisky, with smooth honey, zesty tangerines, sweet almonds and aromatic spices.

The unlikely origin of one of the world’s finest liqueurs

Think of Scotch, and you think of rolling heather-strewn hills, babbling brooks. Not so for the creation of this distinguished tipple, we learn.

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Elise Christie is lone Scot on BBC Sports Personality list

Scottish speed skater Elise Christie has been nominated for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

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Tommy Hagan is well on the way to completing his bucket list.

81-year-old abuse survivor ticks off his bucket list

A pensioner who endured physical abuse during his early years in care has revealed he has a new-found lease of life as he ticks off a bucket list of experiences denied him in his youth.

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17-year-old Magnus Dixon and sister 14-year-old Ailsa Dixo

Teen Aberdeen siblings make list of top 100 Young Poets of the Year

A pair of teenage siblings have been named in a list of the world’s 100 most promising young poets, beating thousands of other entrants to the accolade.

Mary Sophia Morrison winner of the new Angus Nicol Quaich C42A

Gaelic stalwarts honoured with Mod memorial awards

The Royal National Mòd continued yesterday as the children’s competitions ramped up to their grand finale.

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Institutes across the UK have started to review honours given to Myanmar's First State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

Calls for Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of Edinburgh freedom

The Capital’s Lord Provost will write to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on behalf of Edinburgh condemning the violence in the country amidst calls to strip the former peace icon of having the freedom of the city.

The Dining Room has been named Restaurant of the Year.

Edinburgh eatery named Restaurant of the Year

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s restaurant The Dining Room has been named as Restaurant of the Year for Scotland at the prestigious AA Hospitality Awards in London.

An Edinburgh bar took home the top award.

Edinburgh bar named as Scotland’s Pub of the Year 2017

An Edinburgh bar has been named as Pub of the Year Scotland at the AA Hospitality Awards.

Mark Beaumont Around the World in Eighty Days

Leader comment: Bravo to Beaumont

It seemed like an impossible challenge – one indeed worthy of Phileas Fogg.

Mark Beaumont's around the world in 80 days challenge set to finish. Picture: Matt Grayson

Mark Beaumont’s 80 days around the world finishes – ahead of schedule

Ultra-endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont is set to reclaim the world record for circumnavigating the globe one day ahead of schedule.


Emma, 10, aims to break 84-year-old Forth swimming record

A ten-year-old girl who has never swum in the sea in Britain is attempting to break an 84-year-old world record by being the youngest person to cross the Firth of Forth.

Audrey McJimpsey, training manager at RSBi, and RSBi staff hold up a cheque for �2,300 raised by the sports fun day. Picture: Contributed

RSBi sports day scores over £2,300 for local charities

A sports fun day held by Glasgow manufacturing firm RSBi, where more than half of staff have a disability, raised over £2,300 for local charities.

Glasgow & Strathclyde

Video: Scots great-grandfather flies plane for first time

A Scottish great-grandfather has flown a plane alone for the first time - after starting flying lessons just a year ago.

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