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Community / Volunteering spirit recognised in new awards

A collage of award winners. Image courtesy of VAS.

VOLUNTARY Action Shetland (VAS) has announced the recipients of its new volunteering awards.

The aim of the new awards is to recognise all kinds of volunteering, including both formal and informal volunteering, and celebrate individuals of all ages who volunteer in Shetland.

The new awards consist of two categories, the ‘Willin Haands Award’ for adults aged 26 and over, and the ‘Peerie Trows Award’ for children 11 and under.

The awards complement the national Saltire Awards scheme, which VAS delivers annually to recognise young people aged 12 to 25.

Nearly 100 nominations were received in total.

VAS volunteer development worker Kathleen Williamson said: “Following on from the success of the Community Spirit Awards, VAS are delighted to develop these new awards recognising the amazing volunteering that takes place in Shetland.

“Shetland continually top Scottish tables for the highest number of adult volunteers per head of population who volunteer formally and informally with current stats showing this figure to be 71 per cent of adult volunteers (almost double the national average).

“It has been amazing reading all the nomination stories of all the fantastic volunteering and kindness taking place throughout the Islands. We are proud of Shetland’s volunteers and our volunteering culture.”

2023 VOLUNTARY ACTION SHETLAND VOLUNTEERING AWARDS
List of recipients
WILLIN HAANDS AWARD
Elizabeth Adamson Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Karl Bolt Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Laurence Farmer Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Cheryl Graham Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Louie Gray Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Karen Hay Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Ash Hulme Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Alan Lindsay Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Joanne Middleton Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Niall O’Rourke Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Zuzanna O’Rourke Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Jimmy Ridland Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Bethene Smith Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Ashlea Tulloch Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Isobel Watt Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Nala Williamson Shetland Befriending Scheme Volunteer
Andy Anderson Ability Shetland Clubs
Ivanna Brown Ability Shetland Trustee and Club Volunteer
Julie Campbell Ability Shetland Mossbank Adult group
Roy Cumming Ability Shetland’s Monday Recreational Club
Stuart Farmer Ability Shetland Adult Recreational Club
Steven Gardiner Ability Shetland Volunteer Skipper
Alistair Geldard Ability Shetland Adult Recreational Club
Alex Gibb Ability Shetland Volunteer
Rory Goodlad Ability Shetland Volunteer Skipper
Kim Hauxwell Ability Shetland Volunteer
Joann Irvine Ability Shetland Wednesday Adult Social Club
Stephanie Jamieson Ability Shetland Children’s Saturday Club and Adult Social Club
Rebecca Laurenson Ability Shetland Volunteer
Kevin Learmonth Ability Shetland Volunteer Skipper
Iain Leask Ability Shetland Adult Club Volunteer
Margaret McKenzie Ability Shetland Adult Recreational Club Volunteer
Kathryn Miller Ability Shetland Mossbank Adult Club Volunteer
Ona Mitchell Ability Shetland Saturday and Holiday Club Volunteer
Janice Munro Ability Shetland Adults Arts and Crafts Club and Adult Social Club.
Ritchie Pitt Ability Shetland Mossbank Adult Club Volunteer
Janet Robinson Ability Shetland Saturday Club Volunteer
Keir Shannon Ability Shetland Volunteer
Diana Winfield Ability Shetland Arts and Crafts and Sports Club Volunteer
Kevin Bryant Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer with the Shetland Cadets
Liam Buchanan Cadet Force Adult Volunteer and Pipe Band Volunteer
Grace Buchanan Non-uniformed Volunteer with the Cadets in Shetland
Michelle Robertson Army Cadets Adult Volunteer
Lynette Wishart Cadet Force Adult Volunteer
Debbie Jamieson Sandwick School Parent and Carer Council
Katie Leask Sandwick School Parent and Carer Council
Jenny Welsh Sandwick School Parent and Carer Council
Julia Halcrow Hamnavoe Primary School Hockey Club
Kristen Robertson Hamnavoe Primary School Hockey Club
Vidlin 10 o’clock Ladies Community Volunteers
Karen Anderson Treasurer for the Sandwick Youth and Community Centre Committee
Kay Anderson Hamnavoe Primary School Parent Council
Bob Baker Community Volunteer and Volunteer Tutor
Anne Bateson Community Event Volunteer
Lesley Black Volunteer at the North Yell Development Council and Cullivoe Hall’s project Keep Yell Warm.
Evelyn Drake Victim Support Scotland
Malcolm Ferguson Shetland Islands Citizens Advice Bureau
Jeffrey Hall Shetland Link Up
Eilidh Johnston Sandwick Youth and Community Centre
Jolene Johnson Dunrossness Boating Club / DunrossnessParent / Community Volunteer
Lynda Jozwik Nesting Scrapstore
Sandra Laurenson Tall Ships Races Director and Volunteer Committee Member for the Shetland Race,
Beatrice Lower Volunteers helping multiple organisations on Bressay. Director (secretary) at Bressay Development Ltd / Chair for Bressay Heritage Centre / Bressay Community Hall and in the Community
Petur Petursson Shetland Amateur Competitive Swimming Club
Cyndi Pottinger Community Volunteer in Scalloway: Rainbows / Brownies / Board of Trustees of Scalloway Youth & Community Centre / Junior football tournaments / Toddler groups right through to senior citizens.
Shelagh and Bob Richards Trondra Hall Committee / Outpost volunteer / Transition Turriefield.
Sandra Smith Shetland Hurricanes Coach
Harald Sutherland Community Volunteer – Good Neighbour
Kelly Thomson Shetland Folk Festival /Relay For Life Committee / Fundraising events to raise money for different charities
Laura Whittall Bigton Community Shop / South Mainland Walking Group / Friday Friends lunch group at Hymhus.
PEERIE TROWS AWARD
Name Volunteering information
Torsten Anderson (8) Cullivoe School – Litter picking/Voar Redd Up / Coffee morning/ Community lunches
Willa Anderson (11) Cullivoe School – Litter picking/ Coffee morning/ Community lunches
Kristoffer Coutts (11) Cullivoe School – Litter picking/Voar Redd Up / Coffee morning/ Community lunches
Elsie Keith (6) Cullivoe School – Litter picking/Voar Redd Up / Coffee morning/ Community lunches
Cassie Tulloch (10) Cullivoe School – Litter picking / Clear Ups / Coffee morning /Community lunches / Hall events
Cara Halcrow Hamnavoe Primary School – Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
Magnus Irvine Hamnavoe Primary School – Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
Ayanna Robertson Hamnavoe Primary School – Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
Bobby Williamson Hamnavoe Primary School – Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
Lily Williamson Hamnavoe Primary School – Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
Hamnavoe Primary School Families – Annual Harvest Festival Donating and delivering Harvest food to the community. (Receiving certificate – Abbeigh Owen P7)
Nathan Anderson (10) Walter and Joan Gray
Taylor McLaughlan (8) Ability Shetland Clubs
Eveline Rath (11) Bigton Collective Volunteer

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