The aim of the new awards is to recognise all kinds of volunteering, which includes both formal and informal volunteering
The 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 we deliver annually to recognise young people aged 12 to 25.
The names of both categories were decided through a competition with ‘Willin Haands’ being the winning choice, put forward by Mairi Jamieson. On the photo above you can see Mairi Jamieson receiving her certificate which was presented to her by VAS Youth Volunteer Development Worker Lavinia Schmidt.
The Cullivoe Primary School won the children’s section with their suggestion ‘Peerie Trows’.
We developed the awards scheme to celebrate individuals of all ages who volunteer in Shetland and recognise their valuable contribution to our communities. Both formal and informal volunteering are recognised in the award with the latter often being overlooked, even by the volunteers themselves.
Informal volunteering can be a host of tasks such as providing home-bakes for fundraisers/teas, helping a neighbour in need, litter picking or other ways of supporting the community without formally being involved with an organisation.
Similar to our Community Spirit Award, which ran during the Covid pandemic, the VAS-VAs are nomination-based, anyone can nominate (whether they are an individual or an organisation) someone, adult or child who volunteers or has volunteered. Please read the nomination guidelines before nominating someone for the awards.
Nominations are currently closed.
You can read about 2023's recipients here.