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

Community Support

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


  • Correspondence
  • Payroll and Accounts
  • Independent Examination of Accounts
  • Funding Distribution


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


  • Carers Support
  • Short Breaks Grants
  • Respitality

Market House

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

Shetland Befriending Scheme

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

Young Eco-Activists

Initial meeting for the group takes place on the 24th July, 6pm @ The Hub, 66 Commercial Road, Lerwick


Record breaking numbers at 2024 Saltire Awards Ceremony

164 young people were recognised for their volunteering on Tuesday evening (4th June 2024) at the Shetland Saltire Awards Ceremony.

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PVG Disclosure Consultation

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL VOLUNTARY GROUPS, PLEASE SHARE … If your organisation has volunteers who need to be disclosure checked this proposed change will affect you! Please read and respond to the consultation on fees.

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New Defibrillator at Market House

Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS) would like to promote to the residents of Shetland that they now have a defibrillator installed at Market House. VAS obtained funding from the Shetland Community Benefit Fund to purchase the equipment which has been installed at the side of Market House.

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