Updated: Dec 22, 2019
Ainsley Martin, Airdrie-based volunteer, was named as the Mountaineering Scotland Volunteer of the Year Award 2019.
Ainsley was nominated for her outstanding contribution to Urban Uprising, a charity using climbing to improve the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of young people struggling to elevate themselves. She is a practising Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor and lifelong volunteer. She also works for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and volunteers as a Scout Leader for Bishopton Scouts, helping more young people facing disadvantage to experience climbing and the outdoors.
The awards were launched by Mountaineering Scotland in 2016, to recognise and celebrate exceptional contributions to mountaineering and climbing in Scotland through personal achievement and volunteering.
Stuart Younie, CEO Mountaineering Scotland said, “Ainsley is just the sort of person we envisaged when the Mountaineering Scotland Awards were introduced and thoroughly deserves this recognition: her work is making a real difference to the lives of the young people she is mentoring and we are delighted that her efforts and those of the wider team at Urban Uprising are encouraging more young people take part in climbing.”
Ainsley was thrilled to receive the award, saying, “Volunteering with Urban Uprising has been enormously enjoyable. I support climbi