Published Tuesday, 20th February 2018

The Mayor of Reigate & Banstead is calling on residents, community groups and voluntary organisations to nominate their dedicated volunteers for the Mayor’s Volunteer Awards 2018.  

The nomination period for the awards is open now to find local people, groups and businesses that do so much valuable work for the borough and its residents. 

Improving lives

The Mayor, Cllr Roger Newstead, said: “With an ageing population, an uncertain economic future, and increasing costs the need for volunteering will continue and may increase. Already a large number of our residents volunteer in some form or another. Their activities improve the lives of many of their fellow citizens and they deserve recognition for their efforts."

Volunteers can be nominated in six award categories:

Volunteer Award winners group photo 2017Young Volunteer Award (up to 25 years old)

  • Volunteer Award (over 25 years old)
  • Long Service Award (10 years or more)
  • Individual Trustee Award
  • Volunteer Team Award
  • Business Award

New this year is the Long Service Award in recognition that many nominees have devoted many years’ service to volunteering.

Celebrating volunteers

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

Alisdair Semple, Trustee of Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead, said: "Winston Churchill once said 'We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.'  Volunteers enrich the lives of others, and themselves."

How to enter

The closing date for nominations is Friday 4 May 2018. To qualify, nominees must live and/or volunteer in the borough and not receive any remuneration for their time.  

For more information and to enter see the Mayor's Volunteer Awards page.

Successful nominees will be invited to a special awards ceremony which will be held in Reigate Town Hall in July.