Voluntary Action Shetland is Shetland's third sector interface

Voluntary Action Shetland seeks to respond to and support voluntary services in Shetland by meeting present and emerging needs, developing and promoting new ways of responding and encouraging people in Shetland to offer voluntary service to their community.

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Key Aims

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To be a central source of knowledge about

  • The Third Sector Locally.
  • Local and National Policy and how it might affect the Third Sector, communities and citizens.
  • How the Third Sector can contribute to those agendas.
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To be the Voice

  • Ensuring a strong Third Sector Voice at a Strategic Level within Local Planning Structures and Nationally.
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To Build Capacity

  • Developing the capacity of volunteering, community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprise to achieve positive change.
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To Connect

  • Providing Leadership, vision and co-ordinator to the Local Third Sector to better respond to local priorities, including through partnership and collaboration.
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What we do

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Strategic

  • Lobbying
  • Negotiation
  • Representation
  • Third Sector Voice
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Market House

  • Third Sector Hub
  • 17 Organisations
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Administration
  • Tenancies
  • ICT
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Administration

  • Correspondence
  • Payroll and Accounts
  • Funding Distribution
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Volunteering

  • Saltire Awards
  • Shetland Community Spirit Award
  • Opportunities
  • Strategy
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Community Support

  • Advice and Support
  • Independent Examination
  • Organisation Development
  • Training
  • Charity Law - OSCR
  • PVG
  • Organisation Structure
  • Help to find funding
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Peer Education

  • Workshops
  • Peer Educators
  • Peer Mentors
  • Training
  • Strategy
  • Schools
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Carers

  • Support
  • Carers’ Centre
  • Carers’ Strategy
  • Virtual Carers
  • Young Carers
  • Outreach
  • Short Breaks
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Shetland Befriending Scheme

  • Volunteers
  • Children and Young People
  • 16+ Adults
  • 60+ Adults Dementia
  • ASN
  • Training
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New Shetlander

  • Business Managers
  • Advertising
  • Subscription
  • Distribution

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Saltire Awards 2022

67 young volunteers aged between 12 and 25 were celebrated at the Shetland Saltire Youth Volunteering Awards ceremony at Mareel on Monday evening (6th June 2022). It was the first in-person ceremony of the annual event since 2019. 67 young people received a total of 125 awards this year.

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Market House Closure this week!

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Volunteers' Week 2022

We are delighted to celebrate this year's Volunteers' Week which is a UK wide campaign that takes place from 1-7 June every year. It’s a time when volunteering involving organisations are encouraged to thank and celebrate their volunteers, past and present.

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