Nominations are now open for the inaugural Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards which have been established to recognise the important work of volunteer drivers and escorts within Grampian. The awards also hope to highlight the vital role community transport plays in allowing people access to health and social care services in the north-east.
The awards are being supported by a variety of partners including Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations, Community Transport Association, First Aberdeen, Moray Council, Nestrans, NHS Grampian, Stagecoach North Scotland, tsiMORAY and Voluntary Centre Aberdeenshire.
John MacDonald, Director for Scotland of the Community Transport Association highlighted the value of the sector, “Community transport plugs many of the gaps in Scotland’s public transport infrastructure, 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.”
There are three categories in the Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards, these include Volunteer Driver of the Year, Volunteer Escort of the Year and Community Contribution of the Year. Nominations are now open until Friday 19th September with prizes being awarded on Tuesday 7th October. The winner of each category will receive a prize worth £200 sponsored by First Aberdeen and Stagecoach North Scotland.
Duncan Cameron, Managing Director of First Aberdeen said, “First Aberdeen is working with a number of partners throughout the Aberdeen area. This includes working with the local authorities and NHS Grampian, which has resulted in us increasing the number of services to Foresterhill bus port. There is a lot of good work being done to make health care accessible which is why we are delighted to sponsor these awards.”
Steve Walker, Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland, said “We are delighted to be able to contribute to the funding of these awards. Volunteer drivers and escorts provide a life-line to many people in our community, who would otherwise be unable to attend health and social care services.”
Nominations can be made online via: www.surveymonkey.com/s/volunteertransportawards
Hard copies of the nomination form are also available from your community transport organisation or please call 01224 664773.
For further information on the awards please contact:
Health & Transport Action Plan Programme Manager
To view the Health & Transport Action Plan online: http://www.nestrans.org.uk/db_docs/HTAP_refresh_final.pdf