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Community Involvement  







There are lots of opportunities to get involved in your local community. Many parents and carers find this a good way of building friendships with others in their area and of gaining new skills.  Individuals can get involved in helping to run their local parent and toddler group or playgroup, or other community groups, supporting their local school through the Parent Council or participating in a wide range of community events, groups and associations, where everyone with an interest will be made very welcome.

Voluntary Action Shetland aims:

  • To  assist the development of voluntary organisations
  • To encourage the voluntary participation of local people in community organisations and volunteering in general
  • To provide practical and advisory services to VAS members (and non-members)
  • To support collaborative activities between voluntary organisations and local statutory bodies

Contact: 01595 743902

Voluntary Action Shetland (volunteering)

If you are interested in volunteering or need help recruiting volunteers for your voluntary organisation, for volunteers aged between 25 and under, please contact our youth volunteering Development Worker

For volunteers aged 26 and over contact our Volunteer Placement and Support Worker:
Contact: 01595 743910 / 743911

Association of Shetland Community Councils (ASCC)

Provides advice and support to 18 Community Councils. Represents community councils’ interests through the media and at meetings with other organisations.
Contact: 01595 743906

Shetland Befriending Service (SBS)

SBS offers befriending 1:1 support to vulnerable children, young people and young adults aged between 7 and 25 years in the Shetland community who are marginalised and isolated due to a mixed range of issues.

SBS also offers befriending 1:1 support to 60+ year adults who live in their own home but who are isolated and need support to re-engage with their community once more.
For more information Contact: 01595 743907

Shetland Community Portal

Provides local groups with the means of developing their own low cost websites, including training and support.  Currently there is a fee for this service. The Community Toolkit provides information, advice and guidance for existing and intending community groups and also links to local and national information (e.g.) helplines, training.
Contact: 01595 743909

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