Community / Nominations open for new volunteering awards

Pupils in Cullivoe who suggested the name for the Peerie Trows Award. Photo: VAS

LOCAL organisation Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS) has announced a new set of awards to recognise volunteers in the isles.

Two categories will complement the existing national Saltire Awards for young folk aged 12 to 25.

Saltire Awards celebrate hard work of young volunteers

The Peerie Trows Award will be dedicated to bairns under 11, and the Willin Haands Award will be for anyone over 26.

The names for the categories were chosen through a competition, with Cullivoe Primary School winning for the bairns section and Mairi Jamieson for the adults.

VAS wants to celebrate volunteers of all ages with the new categories, as well as formal and informal volunteering.

The organisation says informal types of volunteering often go unrecognised, including baking for Sunday teas, helping neighbours and litter picking.

These new VAS Volunteering Awards (VAS-VAs) will require folk or organisations to nominate individuals for the awards.

Nominations open today (Wednesday) and close on 15 September.

Forms can be found online or paper copies can be requested from VAS.

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