Community / New award aims to celebrate community spirit

A NEW award has been launched to pay tribute to Shetland’s community spirit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The aim of the Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS) initiative is to recognise the “amazing” volunteering which has taken place over the last number of months, and to pay tribute to those giving back to their community.

It will be called the Shetland Community Spirit Award and people are invited to provide nominations. There will be more than one recipient of the award.

Nominations could include individuals, new or existing groups or even organisations like local shops.

People have two weeks from today (24 August) to submit nominations via email to vasvolunteering@shetland.org.

Folk are asked to give as much information as they can about the recipient, including their contact name and email or postal address.

Recipients of the award will receive an electronic or hard copy certificate and VAS plans to celebrate all the recipients of the Shetland Community Spirit Award on their Facebook pages, on their website and through their VISP newsletter and in the local press.

“This is a great chance to show appreciation for the continued commitment of people in Shetland to volunteer, help out and give so much to their communities,” the organisation said.

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