Horsham District Council scheme allows people to nominate a local hero for Volunteer Award by 6th May

Volunteer Award

Launch of new Volunteer Awards scheme

Horsham District Council is celebrating the work of local volunteers during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year and National Volunteers’ Week this year.

Recognising the amazing efforts of hundreds of volunteers across the District in recent times, a new awards scheme has been launched for local people to nominate their favourite volunteer.

All nominations for consideration should be received by Friday 6th May 2022.

The award categories for the scheme

1. Biggest heart award
Does someone in your volunteering team always give it their all? Is their heart literally bursting with pride in the work that they do? Are they a brilliant listener and do they go above and beyond to help make the difference?

2. Trustee of the year
Sometimes it’s the quiet ones who are the unsung heroes, quietly leading their charity to fulfil its purposes and potential. Which trustee inspires you?

3. Long service award
Do you have a volunteer on your team who has been volunteering with you so long, that you’re now not sure when they started? Tell us the story of how they got started volunteering.

4. Young volunteer award
Do you have a committed young volunteer (under 18) who is an inspiration? Do they have a fantastic approach to their volunteering? Are they inspiring others to get involved in volunteering locally?

5. Outstanding contribution award
Of course, all volunteers make an outstanding contribution, but is there someone in your team who has achieved something utterly extraordinary?

6. Permanent smile award
Volunteers that are there to welcome people with open arms and a smile are worth their weight in gold. Is there someone on your team you think should be recognised for lifting morale, celebrating successes, and smiling their way through their volunteering?

7. The volunteer dream team award
There is no “I” in team, you can get anything done so long as you don’t mind who takes the credit. Is your volunteer team the “dream team” – make a nomination and let the District Council help you celebrate their achievements.

How to nominate someone for a Volunteer Award

Anyone can be nominated for one of the volunteer award categories as long as they are a volunteer within a voluntary sector organisation in the Horsham District. On one side of A4, tell the Council who you are nominating, which charity they volunteer with, which category you are nominating for and why you have nominated them.

Also provide your contact name and contact details so that they can get in touch with you to discuss your volunteer award nomination. Nominations can be emailed or posted:

Email: volunteering@horsham.gov.uk

Post: Voluntary Sector Support, Horsham District Council, Parkside, Chart Way, RH12 1RL

The volunteer awards will be announced and handed out by special guests, as part of the Street Party taking place in the Carfax, Horsham, on the afternoon of Friday 3rd June. Everyone is invited – so its a great opportunity to celebrate your volunteers during Volunteers’ Week as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Commenting on the scheme Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing Cllr Liz Kitchen said: “I think this is a wonderful way to give gratitude to our vast army of local volunteers as they have worked especially hard over the past two years. They add such a lot to the quality of lives of so many local people.

“That’s why we want to recognise them this year during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and Volunteers’ Week. Please do take the time to nominate any volunteer you feel has gone the extra mile to deliver for their organisation and the community as a whole.”

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