"We want to highlight the tremendous contributions volunteers are making to Wealden's communities," said Councillor Johanna Howell, Cabinet lead for Community and Volunteering at Wealden District Council.
"So many people channel their energies into helping other people and the environment without ever receiving the thanks and acknowledgement of the wider public. These things are taken for granted but without them we really would notice a difference. By finding and rewarding some outstanding examples of volunteering, we hope others will appreciate the sense of purpose and fulfilment volunteering can bring.
"We are seeking four categories of volunteer and we will be rewarding both the award winners and the organisations they help at a Civic Reception in November. Through our Trustee of the Year, we are seeking to acknowledge the outstanding work done by members of the backroom team who are crucial to keeping many organisations going in these difficult financial times."
The four categories in Wealden 2012 Volunteer Awards Scheme are:
- Community Volunteer Hero (someone who makes an outstanding contribution to the running of the voluntary group or its beneficiaries).
- Outstanding Community Achievement through Volunteer Hours.
- Young Volunteer of the Year (under 25 years old).
- Trustee of the Year.
In each category, the winning organisation will receive a £100 donation and the winning volunteer will receive £25 in gift vouchers.
We would now like to hear nominations from fellow volunteers, employees or service users about the people who have been making a difference to the well-being of their community. The organisations they represent can include voluntary groups, charities and community organisations. Nominations must be received by Wealden District Council by noon on Friday 7 September. Only one nomination can be made in each category by a group and the group must have beneficiaries living in the Wealden District. A nomination form can be found on the Wealden web site in the Health, Community and Advice section.
Don't miss this opportunity to thank the volunteers who give so much to their own time to helping other people.
For further information, please contact Wealden's Grant Funding and Voluntary Sector Support Officer on 01323 443520 or email