Inverclyde Scouts have been honoured for clocking up 5,000 hours of volunteering between them.

A total of 14 young Scout leaders from the 32nd Greenock and District group were presented with Saltire Awards - accolades from the Scottish Government which recognise and reward the contribution of young volunteers aged 12 to 25.

Cllr Jim Clocherty and Catriona MacLeod, development officer at CVS Inverclyde, handed over the certificates of achievement to the pupils at the new Scout building in Bank Street, Greenock.

Eight of the awards recognised 500 hours of volunteering - the highest award possible.

Another three commended 200 hours service, and three further awards marked 100 hours of service.

Catriona said the young Scouts represent the 'true spirit' of the third sector.

She added: "We're delighted to recognise the volunteering efforts of local young people, and very proud to see their hard work rewarded with these Saltire Awards.

"These young people set a wonderful example for other young people, and indeed the wider Inverclyde community."

David McCallum, trustee and assistant leader at the 32nd Scout Group added: "A record 14 Saltire awards were presented to our fabulous young leaders - many of whom go that extra mile to provide fun and adventure for our younger sections.

"Inverclyde has so many talented young people in many organisations, all of whom deserve recognition."

MAIN PIC - Catriona MacLeod and Cllr Jim Clocherty with the young leaders. Solo pic is of Marc McGhee who couldn't make the ceremony.