Published Tuesday, 28th February 2017

Nominations for the Mayor’s Volunteer Awards are now open to find local people, groups and businesses that do so much valuable work for the borough and its residents.

The annual awards scheme celebrates the role of volunteers and shows appreciation for their time and commitment to helping others. The scheme, now in its fourteenth year is run by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead.

Unsung heroes

Mayor's Volunteer Awards winners 2016 group photo“Volunteers benefit our community in so many ways”, said the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Cllr David Powell. “The work they do and the difference they make to local people and organisations is immeasurable. They provide a huge amount of care and support which helps so many, with no financial reward.

"I hope residents, community groups, sports clubs and voluntary organisations nominate a volunteer they feel should be honoured for their service, so we can say ‘thank you’ and they receive the recognition they deserve.”

Gill Williamson, Chair of Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead said “Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead is committed to supporting volunteering in all its diversity. We are proud to work in partnership with the Borough Council to recognise and celebrate the unsung heroes in our borough.

"There are some exceptionally devoted and dedicated people, whose selfless efforts make a real difference to our community and these awards go some way to highlight their outstanding contribution.”

Awards categories

Nominations are split into six awards categories:

  • young volunteer (aged 16-25)
  • individual volunteer (aged over 25)
  • volunteer team
  • trustee (individual)
  • trustee team and
  • business award (for a project or activity which has helped the community).

Nominees must either live or volunteer within the borough of Reigate & Banstead and receive no remuneration for their time.

The closing date for entries is Friday, 5 May 2017. Successful nominees will be invited to a special awards ceremony at the Town Hall, Reigate in July. Nominated volunteers should not be informed of their nomination.

The Mayor's Volunteer Awards scheme was set up fourteen years ago to recognise the selfless heroes who do a great amount of valuable work for the borough and its community.

Find out more or make a nomination on the Mayor's Volunteer Awards page. Alternatively email Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead or call them on 01737 763156.