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Cheering Volunteering awards 2020

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Now's your chance to nominate the unsung heroes who volunteer throughout Central Bedfordshire.  

This year's ceremony to announce the winners and highly commended volunteers will be via a video which will be released in November 2020 and publicised to all nominees, nominators by email, and via social media.

2020 Award Categories

Awards are grouped into the six categories listed below with a winner and two highly commended selected from each. The information below will help you to choose the right category for the individual, group or organisation you are nominating.

  1. Young Volunteer of the Year
    This award is for individuals aged 18 and under who have made a positive impact on their community through volunteering. Perhaps they've been involved in a volunteering project by taking a leadership role or by expanding/developing the project. Whatever they've been involved in; this award recognises their passion, motivation and commitment.
  2. Volunteer of the Year
    This award is for individuals aged 19 and over who have made a positive impact on their community through volunteering. Perhaps they've been involved in a volunteering project by taking a leadership role or by expanding/developing the project. Whatever they've been involved in; this award recognises their passion, motivation and commitment.
  3. Volunteer Group of the Year
    This award is for a group or organisation that has demonstrated an outstanding volunteering contribution in Central Bedfordshire. Maybe they've contributed leadership, skills and/or time for the good of the community, are consistently dedicated, and have a direct positive impact on others.
  4. Outstanding Contribution
    Many people give unselfishly of their time and effort without realising that they are volunteering. Too often these people go without any recognition of the difference they have made to people's lives. This award is for an individual that has made a difference to you or someone you know and has had a very definite, positive impact by going the extra mile.
  5. Lifetime Achievement
    This award is for an individual who is known for their exceptional contributions to volunteering over a significant number of years. Maybe they've contributed leadership, skills and/or time for the good of the community, are consistently dedicated, and have a direct positive impact on others.
  6. Sports & Wellbeing Volunteer of the Year
    This award is for an individual, group or organisation that has demonstrated an outstanding volunteer contribution to sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing in Central Bedfordshire.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. Nominations are welcome for individuals, groups and organisations that live or work in Central Bedfordshire. (A map of Central Bedfordshire can be found on the council website
  2. Nominations should be for one category only and submitted online. Organisations may not enter nominations for categories they are sponsoring.
  3. All fully completed nominations received will be acknowledged by email. We may contact you and ask you to provide more information to support your nomination.
  4. A judging panel appointed by the organisers will consider all the entries and select a winner and two highly commended in each category. The organisers cannot enter into correspondence on the merits of a particular nomination while it is being considered or if it does not succeed, and the decision of the panel is final.
  5. The closing date for nominations is 12pm on 30 September 2020. 
  6. Late nominations will not be accepted and the organisers cannot accept any liability for lost nominations.
  7. Volunteer experience/contributions must be evidenced with an emphasis on activities over the last 18 months, with the exception of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  8. Group nominees must have their organisation based in Central Bedfordshire, and/or provide their service primarily to communities in Central Bedfordshire.
  9. Information contained in the nominations may be used as part of the promotional campaign for the event. By accepting a nomination, nominees agree to take part in media publicity. Details of award winners will be published in print and online.
  10. Award winners from previous Cheering Volunteering events will not be eligible for nomination for the same award at subsequent events.

Use the online form to nominate a volunteer

Inspiring Volunteering – the Cheering Volunteering grant

Find out how to apply for the grant.