COMPASSIONATE Inverclyde has been name the area's top voluntary organisation for the second year running.

Staff and volunteers scooped the award at Reach for the Stars 2019, the annual Inverclyde Community Awards organised by CVS Inverclyde.

They were announced as winners following a hotly contested people’s vote which attracted more than 3,000 responses for five finalists shortlisted by an independent judging panel.

They received a £500 grant from Inverclyde Community Fund and the other winners on the night left with trophies, certificates and vouchers.

The awards event, held at the Waterfront Cinema, was hosted by writer, presenter and commentator Gerry McDade and saw a whole host of prizes picked up.

Awards in the four other volunteer categories went to George Banks of Inverclyde Shed, for volunteer impact, Inverclyde Bothy Health Walk volunteers for top team impact, Inverclyde Family Contact Centre for citizenship and Greenock Cut Conservation volunteers for environment culture and heritage.

Charlene Elliott, chief executive officer of CVS Inverclyde, has congratulated all the winners.

She said: “Our Inverclyde Community Awards are a great showcase for the achievements of voluntary organisations and community groups, as well as individual and team volunteers across Inverclyde.

“We would like to say a huge congratulations to the winners and, indeed, all our finalists, and a big thank-you to our sponsor partners and independent judges who were faced with another tremendous challenge in making their selection this year.

"The Waterfront Cinema team proved excellent hosts once again, creating a relaxed, fun evening, as people joined us with their colleagues, family and friends.

“Films shot by Chris Bradley and his West College Scotland students were the icing on the cake for the Big Screen Awards Night, helping us pay tribute to people who make such a valuable contribution in many remarkable ways to local life, work and play here in Inverclyde.”