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Volunteer Awards

Volunteer Awards 2018

Trimpell Sports and Social Centre

Thursday 7th June 2018, 5pm arrival for 5.30pm – 7.30pm Event


For the past 16 years, Lancaster District CVS has encouraged nominations for the Volunteer Awards. This year we have teamed up with Lancaster City Council who recognise the value that volunteers bring to the district. Every year, these nominees are assessed by an independent panel before a decision is made on a worthy winner for each category.

Decisions are subjective and based entirely on the information that YOU provide, so it is important that you be as concise as possible when submitting your nomination(s). There is no word limit however, we would appreciate it if you could be concise and address the questions.

How to nominate.

Below is information on each category for the kinds of things that the panel will be looking for.  However, some general rules that apply to all the awards are:

  • Nomination forms must be completed in full
  • You can nominate as many of your volunteers as you wish. Remember though that certificates of recognition are also available for volunteers whose work you want to recognize without necessarily nominating them for a specific award.  These certificates are also available to GROUPS of volunteers.  You can download the certificate of recognition request form HERE.
  • You should ensure that you complete all parts of the nomination form and be as concise as you can
  • If you are unsure about something, please contact the CVS to discuss
  • Remember that the deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday 30th Any nominations received after that date may not be submitted to the panel
  • Please try to remember to submit nomination forms by email to – this will help us to keep track of nominations received
  • If possible, please attach a photograph of each nominee so that we can display them on the night of the awards

Please remember that all nominees will receive a certificate of recognition.

Who can nominate?

Local residents, council staff, NHS staff, Businesses, groups, teachers, volunteers, sports clubs, uniformed groups, family members – anyone! You do not need to be associated with a charity / nonprofit organisation.

What happens after I send in my nomination?

  • We will acknowledge receipt of your email.
  • We will contact you if we require additional information.
  • Your nomination will be presented to an independent panel in early April 2018.
  • The nominator will be contacted if your volunteer has won the award with further advice of the next steps. We would appreciate it if this news was kept confidential until the awards… we like surprise people!
  • Unsuccessful candidates will also be informed of the outcome. All runners’ ups will receive a certificate on the evening.

The award categories:

 1. Fundraiser of the Year Award

Do you know someone who has done a brilliant job in the last 12 months fundraising?  This could be someone who:

  • Has raised funds as a regular volunteer for a charity, local or national
  • Has just decided to do something to raise money, with no formal connection to a charity
  • Has taken part in a trek abroad, or some similar even more locally, to raise funds via sponsorship
  • Has taken part in a collection or collections at a supermarket or some other local venue

We are not necessarily looking for the person who has raised the MOST money.  A decision will be made on a variety of factors including:

  • The amount raised
  • The method of fundraising
  • Any personal barriers the nominee might have overcome to achieve their fundraising targets

It is up to you to explain to us in the nomination form just why your nominee deserves to win the Fundraiser of the Year Award 2018. 

Ready to nominate someone?  DOWNLOAD the nomination form.


2. Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is for people that have dedicated much of their lives to helping others.  We will look for:

  • Length of service
  • What has the nominee achieved during that time?
  • What impact have they had on their community/service users?

This need not be someone in later life.  A younger person who has overcome adversity to achieve something in a shorter space of time could also be eligible.  You MAY wish to consider Young Volunteer of the Year for anyone between 14 and 24.

Ready to nominate someone?  DOWNLOAD the nomination form.


3. Trustee of the Year Award

Do you know an amazing trustee?  Someone who has kept an organisation going in the face of adversity?  Someone who has gone above and beyond in order to make an organization shine?  We will look for:

  • What have they done in addition to sitting on the trustee board and attending meeting?
  • How have their efforts affected the organization, the services delivered, and the service users benefiting?
  • Commitment, expertise, dedication, support they give to the wider team

Ready to nominate someone?  DOWNLOAD the nomination form.


4. Volunteer of the Year Award

The Volunteer of the Year Award is for someone whose efforts during the last 12 months have made an enormous difference to your organization.  That difference might be material, or it could just be the difference they make to the atmosphere!  Perhaps their sunny disposition brightens everyone’s day!

We will look for:

  • People who have volunteered for at least 6 of the last 12 months
  • The impact that they have made on their community/service users/organisation
  • The differences they make to the team and the people you support
  • Their energy, understanding and tenacity

Ready to nominate someone?  DOWNLOAD the nomination form.


5. Young Volunteer of the Year Award

If you know someone between the ages of 14 and 24, who has given their time over the last 12 months to help others, you might want to nominate them as the Young Volunteer of the Year.  We will look for:

  • People who have volunteered for at least 6 of the last 12 months
  • People who have dedicated time outside of school/further education/higher education, apprenticeship and work expectations
  • The impact that nominees have made on their communities/service users/organization

Ready to nominate someone?  DOWNLOAD the nomination form.


6. The Roger Sherlock Community Inspiration of the Year Award

In 2017, local councilor Roger Sherlock passed away.  Roger was known as a man dedicated to Lancaster, particularly to his community in Skerton. He was elected to represent the Skerton West ward on the city council in 1995 and served on a number of committees. In 2009/10 he donned the mayoral robes, choosing Breath for Life, based in Heysham, and the Skerton Community Centre as his mayoral charities. And so Lancaster District CVS and Lancaster City Council decided that it would be a fitting tribute to rename a recent, new award category, the Community Inspiration Award, in memoriam to Roger and the work that he dedicated his life to.

This award recognizes those often unsung heroes of local communities who perhaps don’t volunteer regularly or for one specific organization, but who can always be relied upon to offer their help and support.  These are the people who inspire people and communities to do better.

We will look for:

  • The impact that nominees have had on their community and / or individuals
  • Regularly going out of their way to help others
  • Testimonies from people in the community who support their nomination (these can be letters or emails)

Ready to nominate someone?  DOWNLOAD the nomination form.


Confidentiality and security

Any information you provide will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Your personal details will not normally be disclosed to third parties. In some circumstances however we may need to disclose your personal details to a third party so that they can provide a service you have requested, or fulfil a request for information. Any information about you that we pass to a third party will be held securely by that party, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and used only to provide the services or information you have requested.


Booking Information

Tickets for the event will be available at a cost of £5 each.  A maximum of FIVE tickets per organisation will be allowed but if you need/want more, please let us know.

The £5 price will include a buffet and will help us to cover the costs of the event.