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Shetland Saltire Awards Ceremony 2014

Voluntary Action Shetland hosted Shetland’s second Saltire Youth Volunteering Awards ceremony at Mareel on 24th March. Of the 123 young volunteers eligible, 62 attended to receive awards varying from 10 hours to 500 hours. The event was a celebration of the achievement of the young volunteers and also marked the support given by their families and the organisations which have provided the opportunities for volunteering: more than 70 different organisations and schools from throughout Shetland have benefitted from the various voluntary activities undertaken by these young people.

Saltire awards are available for 12 to 25-year-olds who volunteer, for: 10, 25, 50, 100, 200 or 500 hours of volunteering activity undertaken by the individual volunteer. A number of nominated volunteers were also eligible to receive their Saltire Summit Awards for an outstanding contribution through their volunteering; this is the highest accolade available through the Saltire Awards.

Sponsored by the Scottish Government and administered locally by Voluntary Action Shetland, Saltire Awards are recognised nationally by colleges, universities and employers as a valuable addition to the CV.

After a light buffet and music from Lisa Johnson and Martin Sandison, Malcolm Bell, Convenor of the Shetland Islands Council, opened the formal presentation and said that collectively, the volunteers requesting Saltire awards this year had completed over 11,370 hours of volunteering; the equivalent of 307 full time working weeks. Over one fifth of the current high school population in Shetland were currently working towards or registered to take part in the Saltire Awards. The certificates were presented by Shetland MSP Tavish Scott and by Councillor Bell.

Following the presentation of certificates Mr Scott spoke of his delight at being able to present certificates to Shetland’s young volunteers and expressed to the crowd the importance of sustained volunteering in our community. He explained that the younger a person starts volunteering the more likely they are to continue volunteering in some capacity throughout their life; without the contribution of volunteers in our community the community spirit which makes Shetland so unique would simply not exist.

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

Links to photographs (all by Dave Donaldson):

Team, 10 and 25 hour awards

50 hour awards

100 and 200 hour awards

500 hour and outstanding awards

With thanks to the volunteers themselves, the supervisors who have provided them with support, Convenor Malcolm Bell and MSP Tavish Scott for presenting the awards, photographer Dave Donaldson, musicians Lisa Johnson and Martin Sandison and the Mareel staff.

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