Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2021


Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2021

Last year, for obvious reasons and to our great disappointment, we were not able to host our annual Inspiring Volunteer Awards. However, we are delighted to announce that we are opening nominations for 2021.
As always every volunteer who is nominated will receive a certificate, and subject to the continuing relaxation of restrictions we also hope to welcome a number of specially selected volunteers to an event hosted by Edinburgh’s Lord Provost and Volunteering Champion, the Rt Hon Frank Ross at the City Chambers.

This event is normally held during Volunteers’ Week (1 to 7 June), however to maximise the chances of it being a live, in-person event, we have delayed it this year until Wednesday 28 July. Obviously, plans for the evening are subject to any changes to restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic.
Nominations are now open so please, let’s celebrate Edinburgh’s volunteers and get nominating.
Thanks again for your support in recognising the fantastic achievements of all our amazing volunteers in Edinburgh. This year, perhaps more than any other we all have a better understanding of the power of the volunteer.
 
Is there an individual or a group within your organisation that deserves an Inspiring Volunteer Award? Why not consider nominating them. We want to recognise and celebrate as many volunteers as possible.
Pictured: Frank Ross Rt. Hon. Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh speaking at the 2019 awards ceremony.
 
Photograph of Deputy Lord Provost Joan Griffiths unveiling the honor board last year with The Citizens awarded the Inspiring Volunteer of the Year award for 2020
Pictured: Deputy Lord Provost Joan Griffiths unveiling the honor board last year with The Citizens awarded the Inspiring Volunteer of the Year award for 2020. You can view a short film featuring Frank Ross Rt. Hon. Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh along with Deputy Lord Provost Joan Griffiths and our Chief Officer Paul J Wilson here.
 
Edinburgh’s Inspiring Volunteer Awards reflects the exceptional range of organisations and individuals working in the city’s vibrant charity and non-profit sectors.
Nominate Now!

Nominations are open and organisations can nominate by completing our online nomination form form (also accessible by clicking on the button in the sidebar or below).
Organisations are able to nominate up to three individual volunteers, one team of volunteers, up to three nominations for the Ian McInnes Award, and one nomination for the Paul Bennett Volunteer Manager of the Year Award.
Please note that nominations close on Friday 4 June 2021.
Some lucky nominees will be invited to accept their award at the City Chambers, others will receive a certificate in the post.

Please help us to promote the awards nominations using the promotional materials provided in the downloads box in the sidebar (more to follow) and use the short url voled.in/nomination
Eligibility Criteria for 2021
The following eligibility criteria apply:
The Awards are only open to people volunteering in the City of Edinburgh;
The minimum age for volunteers to be considered for the awards is 11 years old;
Volunteers must have volunteered for at least six months with your organisation before being eligible to be nominated; and
If they have previously received an Inspiring Volunteer Award they should not be nominated again.
Shortlisted nominations will be considered by the Lord Provost for the ‘Lord Provost of Edinburgh’s Inspiring Volunteer of the Year Award 2021’.
Special recognition categories to highlight some of the diverse areas of volunteering across the City of Edinburgh include:
Arts, Culture & Heritage Volunteer
This award is for individuals who are engaged with organisations involving the arts, culture or heritage.
Charity Shop Volunteer
This award is for individuals who are engaged in a charity shop, whether a customer assistant, till operator or arranging donations through the back.
Environment / Conservation Volunteer
This award is for individuals who are engaged with environmental activities, including education, outdoor learning, conservation or gardening.
Fundraising Volunteer
Volunteers involved in raising money for an organisation can be nominated for this award.
Health & Social Care Volunteer
This award is for individuals who give support to vulnerable people in our communities which enhances their health and wellbeing
Sports Volunteer
This award is for individuals whose volunteering involves supporting sports, and active and healthy lifestyles in their communities.
Trustee Volunteer
This award is for individuals who make or have made a huge contribution to transforming our communities and society by serving or have on a charity board/management committee.
Young Volunteer
This award is designed to recognise a young person aged between 11 and 25 who has shown a real commitment to their volunteering.
Long Standing Contribution to Volunteering Award
This award is for someone who’s volunteered within their community for 10 years of more, and have made an outstanding contribution.
Ian McInnes Award
You can read about this special award in more detail here.
Paul Bennett Volunteer Manager of the Year Award
You can read about this special award in more detail further down this page.
 
 
Photograph of Ian McInnes after whom this special award is namedPictured: Ian McInnes at Volunteer Edinburgh.
 
Photograph of Paul Bennett, after which the Volunteer Manager of the Year Award is named, with his twin girls Jessica and Jasmine
Pictured: Paul Bennett, after which the Volunteer Manager of the Year Award is named, with his twin girls Jessica and Jasmine.
Volunteer Manager of the Year Award
On 7 August 2020 we lost our much loved friend and colleague Paul Bennett, following a short illness. He was only 49. To many people Paul was the first person that they would meet when they came into Volunteer Edinburgh and to many organisations he was the guy who helped them craft their adverts to make sure they were as effective as possible.
Paul was a constant fixture at our Inspiring Volunteer Award ceremony, putting his photography skills to good use each year making sure that every award recipient had their moment captured. He was also always on hand to offer advice and guidance to volunteer mangers, helping them and answering their volunteer management questions.
Volunteer Managers are often the unsung heroes in the volunteering world. They encourage, nurture and help make volunteering a truly amazing thing. In Paul’s memory we want to introduce a new award category this year, the Paul Bennett Volunteer Manager of the Year Award. This award is open to any volunteer manager, paid or unpaid, who makes an outstanding contribution to volunteering in Edinburgh. Nominations for this award can come from colleagues, but we would really like to hear from their volunteers about the difference they make to volunteering.
Click the ‘nominate now’ button in the sidebar or below to start submitting your nominations!
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For more information please contact Jason McCann at Volunteer Edinburgh by calling 07587 034 535 or email events@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk.

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