Call for Nominations for Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards 2020

Lucy Johnston 2020, News

Nominations are now open for the fourth biennial Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards, which recognise the important work of community transport volunteer drivers and escorts.

The awards will highlight the vital role community transport plays in allowing people access to health and social care services in the north-east, and the amazing work in the response to Covid-19.

Nominations are sought under three categories: Volunteer Driver of the Year, Volunteer Escort of the Year, and Community Contribution of the Year.  The awards are being supported by a variety of partners involved with the delivery of the Grampian-wide Health & Transport Action Plan.

Health & Transport Action Plan Programme Manager, Andrew Stewart, said, “Community transport plugs many of the gaps in Scotland’s transport system, providing over 3.5 million passenger journeys a year, usually for people who have no other means of getting about. Volunteers are at the heart of this effort. For every paid job in community transport there are at least five volunteers. I encourage everyone to nominate their volunteer transport heroes.”

Nominations are now open until 16th October and prizes will be awarded on 27th October via an online presentation. The winner of each category will receive a high street shopping voucher worth £250, sponsored by Colin Lawson Transport.  A special prize for notable mention has been donated by Live Life Aberdeenshire.

Following the presentation of prizes, a recruitment drive for new volunteer transport heroes will begin.

“Colin Lawson Transport are delighted to be able to play a small part in recognising the contribution to society that every single volunteer makes, whether it’s answering a phone call, providing transport or delivering shopping or anything else, especially during these unprecedented times, so, on behalf of those benefitting from your time and efforts, thank you very much.”

Nominations can be made by calling 01467 536111 or emailing travel@thinc-hub.org

 

For further information on the awards please contact:

Andrew Stewart
Health & Transport Action Plan Programme Manager
Aberdeenshire Council
01467 537803
07585986190
Email: Andrew.Stewart@aberdeenshire.gov.uk