Volunteer Awards 2021

Nominate your outstanding volunteers to let them know how much they are valued.

Volunteer Awards 2021

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Our Volunteer Awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge the fantastic work of your volunteers and say “thank you” for their time, commitment, and enthusiasm, especially as the pandemic continues.

We want to hear how your volunteers are continuing to adapt during the pandemic to make walking, wheeling and sustainable travel accessible for more people.

Winning projects will be presented with £250 for their project, receive a certificate, a personalised award, and a £30 gift voucher. A certificate will be posted out to all nominees acknowledging their contribution towards getting more people active. 

Our 2021 Categories  
 

Community Path Volunteer of the Year 
Do you know a volunteer who is driven and determined to improve paths in their local area? Have they carried out maintenance to improve the quality of their local routes? Have they developed signage or way-markers? Do they work in partnership with others or other groups? 

Community Path Group of the Year 
Do you have a group of volunteers who work together to maintain or build local paths? Do they raise funds, or promote their community path network with signage and leaflets? 

Young Person of the Year 
Do you know someone, aged 25 years and under, who has been helping others to enjoy walking or wheeling? They might lead walks at school, college, in their community or support someone to get out walking on a one-to-one basis. Maybe they are undertaking environmental work to improve their local paths, park or school grounds?

[Open to individuals who are involved with Paths for All's Walking for Health, Community Paths or Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funded projects only.] 

Young Group of the Year 
Nominate a group of young people, aged 25 years and under, who are promoting walking or wheeling. They might organise walking activities at their school or college or in their community. Perhaps, they are improving their local environment through litter picking, tree planting or road safety campaigning?

[Open to groups who are involved with Paths for All's Walking for Health, Community Paths or Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funded projects only.] 

Active Travel Volunteer of the Year 
Do you have a volunteer who is championing walking, cycling, wheeling or using public transport rather than cars for everyday journeys? Have they come up with creative ways to encourage more people to travel sustainably or work at home to reduce commuting trips? 

[Only open to volunteers involved with organisations receiving Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funding, either through the Open Fund or indirectly through a Local Authority’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funding. Or through the Community Paths Active Travel Grants.]

Active Travel Project of the Year
Do you know a voluntary organisation that are engaging under-represented groups to walk, cycle, wheel or use public transport rather than cars for their everyday journeys? Have they designed a creative way to encourage more people to travel sustainably or travel less? 

[Only open to volunteers involved with organisations receiving Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funding, either through the Open Fund or indirectly through a Local Authority’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funding. Or through the Community Paths Active Travel Grants.]

Health Walk Volunteer of the Year 
Do you know a volunteer who's been with you since the start? Someone who's led Health Walks week in, week out, in rain, hail or sunshine and adapted to Covid-19 restrictions? 

[Only open to projects who are members of the Scottish Health Walk Network.]

Health Walk Group of the Year
Do you have a group of volunteers who work together to organise walks, strength and balance exercises, online social activities, or Buddy Walk rotas?

[Only open to projects who are members of the Scottish Health Walk Network.]

Dementia Friendly Walking Volunteer of the Year Do you have a volunteer who has enthusiastically embraced making Health Walks accessible and welcoming to people living with dementia and their carers?

[Only open to projects who are members of the Scottish Health Walk Network.]

Volunteer Manager / Project Coordinator of the Year
Does your volunteer manager or project coordinator make a special effort to create a vibrant Health Walk project, even during lockdowns? Have they organised training days and social activities online? Do they keep volunteers motivated and involved in project developments?

[Only open to projects who are members of the Scottish Health Walk Network.]

Volunteer Diversity Award  
Open to any organisation or group with a diverse and inclusive volunteer team supporting marginalised groups to walk, wheel or travel sustainably. For example, trained Deaf Walk Leaders supporting Deaf walkers on Health Walks, or wheelchair users who risk assess walks for their suitability for other mobility aid users.

[Open to individuals  or groups who are involved with Paths for All's Walking for Health, Community Paths or Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funded projects only.]  
 
Ian Findlay Outstanding Achievement Award
In memory of our late Chief Officer Ian Findlay, this award recognises a volunteer or volunteer group who are making a big impact in their community through either improving the walking environment, promoting walking, wheeling or sustainable travel.

[Open to individuals  or groups who are involved with Paths for All's Walking for Health, Community Paths or Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funded projects only.] 

Nominations close at midnight on Sunday the 8th of August. The final winners will be announced on Tuesday the 23rd of November.

Meet last year’s inspirational winners here

Our 12th annual Volunteer Awards ceremony will be held virtually again this year. Watch last year’s video below.