Volunteers' Week Guidance Notes

Who should enter?

Entry is open to all organisations who involve volunteers in their work.

Who will judge the nominations?

The judging panel for each award will comprise of an independent panel of judges, made up of representatives from the sponsors of each award. The judges will assess nominations for each award on the information provided. Judging will take place during April 2019.

Top tips!

Choose the most appropriate category. Please take time to read the categories below carefully before beginning your nomination. If you need any guidance on this then please give us a call. 

Provide as much detail as possible. Remember those judging won’t know anything about your volunteers or their role so provide as much information as possible. 

Focus on the volunteer not the work of the organisation. The judges are most interested in what makes the volunteer/team so outstanding as opposed to the wider work of the organisation. For example – have they had to overcome particular barriers to volunteer or gone above and beyond to help the organisation?

Provide up to 5 photographs. These will be used for a slideshow presentation during the ceremony to show your volunteers in action. These can be sent by email info@volunteermidlothian.org.uk or given to us on disc/USB. Please submit these asap after completing your nomination.

Let your volunteer know. We recommend you tell your volunteer(s) that you are nominating them so they keep the evening free, plus they will be delighted to know they have been nominated for an award!

Keep Thursday 6 June free! Nominators will be invited to attend with their nominees. For teams of volunteers, you will be asked to choose a couple of representatives from the group to attend. Please note spaces are limited.

Award Categories

1. Outstanding New Volunteer 

This award is for those who have made an outstanding contribution through volunteering in less than one year. It aims to recognise the huge contribution volunteers can make to an organisation in a short period of time. Open to all types of volunteer role.

2. Befriender/Mentor of the Year 

This award acknowledges those who have demonstrated huge commitment by improving other the lives of others through a befriending or mentoring relationship. 

3. Active Volunteering

This award recognises the contribution of those volunteers who take on an active role such as improving the environment, volunteering outdoors or assisting with physical activities/sports. Examples could include those volunteering with sports clubs, community gardens or walk leaders.

4. Service to the Community

This recognises those volunteers who offer their time and skills to provide essential services to our local community. Examples could include those helping in a community café or lunch club, volunteer drivers, IT tutors or trustees/board members.

5. Health and Wellbeing

This award acknowledges volunteers who consider and care about the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in our communities. Example volunteer roles could involve supporting and assisting, fundraising or campaigning to improve the health & wellbeing of others.

6. Long Service to Volunteering

This award recognises a high level of commitment to volunteering and is open to those who have contributed at least 5 years to an organisation’s work. Open to all volunteer roles.

7. Volunteer Manager of the Year

This award recognises excellence in volunteer management demonstrated by an individual who takes on a coordinating or managing role of volunteers.  They may be involved in a paid or unpaid capacity within either the public or third sector.

8. Saltire Summit Award

Saltire Awards are a government endorsed awards scheme for young people aged 12-25, designed to formally recognise the commitment and contribution of youth volunteering. The Summit is the highest Saltire Award which can be achieved and demonstrates an outstanding contribution to volunteering. It is awarded to recognise those who have not only completed the “Ascent” (at least 50 hours of volunteering) but have exceeded expectations. Volunteers must be nominated individually for the Award by the organisation they volunteer with. The nominations are peer assessed by a panel of Saltire Ambassadors who decide who merits the Award.

Volunteer of the Year Award & Volunteer Team of the Year Award

The winners of these awards will be chosen by Volunteer Midlothian from all the nominations received and will demonstrate an outstanding contribution to volunteering. 

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