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Cheering Volunteering awards 2020

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Unfortunately, our Cheering Volunteering celebration and awards event cannot be held in the same way as it has been in previous years with the current pandemic we are all living through.

However, we also know how many amazing volunteers are still out there doing amazing things and have done for many years before this pandemic and will continue for many years after.

We want to recognise them and their efforts and outstanding achievements, across all types of volunteering in our community. The awards are open to all volunteers who have been volunteering both prior and during the pandemic. 

The celebration event will take place virtually via video which will be released in December and you will be able to view it via social media and YouTube. 

Now's your chance to nominate our unsung heroes who volunteer throughout Central Bedfordshire in the following categories and using the button below to complete the nomination form.

2020 Award Categories

Awards are grouped into the 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. Captain Sir Tom Award for 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.
  7. Supporting Communities during COVID
    Somebody who was inspired to volunteer their time during the COVID-19 pandemic to help others and who has worked tirelessly to look after vulnerable neighbours maybe helping with gardening, delivering food parcels, shopping, picking up prescriptions or just a regular call to check-in and chat.

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. Closing date for nominations is 5.00 pm on Friday 20th November 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.
  11. Nominations are welcome from both individuals and groups.

Use the online form to

nominate a volunteer

For enquiries about Cheering Volunteering please email awards@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Inspiring Volunteering – the Cheering Volunteering grant

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