Voluntary Action Shetland is Shetland's third sector interface.

OUR VISION is to be a Strong, Sustainable and Valued Asset for Shetland, playing a leading role in Championing and Supporting Community Needs. OUR MISSION is to Support, Represent and Develop Community and Voluntary Action in Shetland.

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Key Aims


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.

To be the Voice

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

To Build Capacity

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

To Connect

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

What we do



  • Lobbying
  • Negotiation
  • Representation
  • Facilitation
  • Third Sector Voice

Market House

  • Third Sector Hub
  • Independent Charities - Tenancies
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Admin - One stop shop
  • ICT


  • Correspondence
  • Payroll and Accounts
  • Independent Examination of Accounts
  • Funding Distribution
  • PVG's


  • Saltire Awards
  • VAS Volunteering Awards
  • Volunteering Opportunities
  • Volunteering for All National Framework

Community Support

  • Advice and Support
  • Organisation Development
  • Training/Funding Support
  • Charity Law - OSCR
  • Networks/Forums
  • Newsletters

Peer Education

  • Workshops
  • Peer Educators / Peer Mentors
  • Training
  • Da Cafe
  • Peer Research


  • Carers Support
  • Carers’ Strategy
  • Virtual Carers
  • Short Breaks Grants
  • Respitality

Shetland Befriending Scheme

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

New Shetlander

  • Business Managers
  • Advertising
  • Subscription
  • Distribution

Support Volunteer


Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for Adults - Now OPEN!

Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for Adults YEAR 3 - Now OPEN … Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS) is delighted to launch the third year of the Communities Health and Wellbeing Fund for Adults on behalf of the Scottish Government on Friday 29th September 2023.

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Local groups urged to populate new community directory

Community groups, organisations and services across Shetland are being encouraged to upload their contact information to the new Community Directory before its launch in the coming months.

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Voluntary Action Shetland Training Schedule September- October 2023

Voluntary Action Shetland is delighted to offer the following training to members of Voluntary/ Community Groups. Please see the attached PDFs for more detailed information about the learning outcomes. Training will take place in Market House, Lerwick, (subject to minimum numbers in attendance).

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