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Saltire Awards 2018

2018 Saltire group photo

The sixth annual Saltire Awards, which celebrate youth volunteering, was held on March 28th at Mareel in Lerwick.

Young volunteers have broken the Shetland record for earning 500-hour volunteering certificates achieved through the Scottish Saltire annual awards this year, with 15 young people receiving 500-hour awards, almost doubling the previous record of eight.

The Saltire Awards are national awards designed to recognise and record the commitment young people make to volunteering in their community. The awards are supported locally by Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS) and are recognised nationally by colleges, universities and employers. They are a valuable addition to any CV. This year 136 young volunteers from all over Shetland submitted over 300 certificate requests ranging from 10 to 500 hours of volunteering, and over 70 of these young volunteers were in attendance with their guests and volunteer supervisors to receive their awards on the evening.

Voluntary Action Shetland chairperson, Marilyn Stewart, officially opened the event. Mrs Stewart informed the crowd that this year’s crop of volunteers had collectively completed an impressive 17,765 hours of volunteering between them, meaning that for each day of the year, young people had completed almost 50 hours of volunteering between them and this amounted to over 71 full working days, which she said was “a fantastic achievement”.

Shetland Times Editor Adam Civico presented certificates to the volunteers, including six Saltire Summit Awards. The “Summit” is the highest accolade of Saltire and can only be achieved by volunteers who have been nominated by their supervisor for making a truly outstanding contribution to volunteering. Its purpose is to recognise those who have gone beyond the call of duty to carry out their volunteering to the highest standard.

Event organiser, Youth Volunteer Development Worker for Voluntary Action Shetland, Neil Pearson closed the event by saying: “2018 has been dubbed the year of young people. This year is an opportunity for generations to come together and celebrate our nation’s young people and rightfully so. Just look at what these young people have achieved, they are all testament to what young people can achieve. I am incredibly proud of each and every one of them for helping to make our community the wonderful place it is to live”. Mr Pearson thanked the staff at Mareel for providing the venue, support and ‘mocktails’, Raymond and the students at the Shetland College for the wonderful canapés and young musicians Zdenka and Lorraine for the excellent musical entertainment.

Voluntary Action Shetland Executive Officer Catherine Hughson added, “I am delighted in hosting another event that showcases our young people and the commitment they make to their communities. Shetland continues to be in the top three in Scotland for volunteering activity per head of population. We can be very proud of all these young people’s achievements.”

Volunteers or organisations who would like to find out more about Saltire Awards can contact:
VAS Youth Volunteering Development Worker Neil Pearson
01595 743911 Neil.Pearson@shetland.org

10 and 25 Hour Award Photos
50 Hour Award Photos
100 Hour Award Photos
200 Hour Award Photos
500 hour, Ambassador and Summit Award Photos

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