Volunteer Awards 2022

Let your volunteers know how much they are valued.

Volunteer Awards Winners 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.

We want to hear how your volunteers are making 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 2022 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? 


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, Capability 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, Capability 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 31st of July. The final winners will be announced on Wednesday the 28th of September 2022 at the Scottish Parliament.

Meet last year’s inspirational winners here or watch the video below.