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Grampian Volunteer Transport Awards call for nominations

04/08/14

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.

Community Transport Association director for Scotland John MacDonald highlighted the value of the sector, "Community transport plugs many of the gaps in Scotland's public transport infrastructure, providing more than 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: Volunteer Driver of the Year; Volunteer Escort of the Year; and Community Contribution of the Year. Nominations are open until Friday, 19 September. Prizes will be awarded on  7 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, Stagecoach North Scotland managing director, said: "We are delighted to be able to contribute to the funding of these awards. Volunteer drivers and escorts provide a lifeline 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.