Following a two-year gap because of the Covid-19 pandemic Braintree District Council and Community360 are pleased to announce that the Braintree District Volunteer Awards are open for nominations.
The awards recognise the vital role that volunteers have within our communities. An added category for this year is for those who stepped up to help their local community in response to the pandemic.
You can nominate anyone who spends time doing something unpaid that benefits individuals or groups or the environment.
This can include volunteering through public, private and voluntary organisations as well as informal community participation and social action. Your nominee may spend their time
- running a sports club
- looking after the environment
- organising an event
- helping around the community
You should read the terms and conditions of the awards before you make a nomination.
The deadline for nominations is Thursday 14 July 2022 at 5pm. The winners will be informed the week beginning 25 July 2022.
Each category has an award for young people up 21 years and adults 22 years and over.
Inspirational role model award
This award recognises volunteers who have made an exceptional contribution by inspiring others to achieve outstanding success, or who inspire with their achievements. They may have overcome adversity or difficulties and are shining examples to all of us.
Going the extra mile award
This award acknowledges those who go above and beyond normal expectations in their volunteering role and who may have taken on one or more special initiatives to help others and the organisation.
Volunteer group award
This award is for appreciating good teamwork and combined contribution by 3 or more volunteers. The group may have worked on an event or project in the Braintree District, have volunteered together for a significant period of time or achieved significant success in a specific subject.
Long service award
This is awarded to volunteers who have shown exceptional long service to celebrate the effort and commitment they’ve shown over a number of years. For the young people award in this category the number of years will be considered in relation to their age for example, If you are nominating a volunteer who is 12 years old three years could be considered long service.
Covid response award
This special category is for anyone or group of people who stepped up to help during lockdown and the pandemic. So many people did shopping, collected prescriptions, gathered food for those in need, manned the vaccinations centre and generally helped by doing whatever was needed to support their community.
A judging panel will select the winners from each category who will then go forward for consideration for the Braintree District Volunteer of the Year Award.