Reigate & Banstead Volunteer Awards
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The Mayor of Reigate & Banstead wants all residents, community groups and voluntary organisations to nominate their dedicated volunteers to receive a Reigate & Banstead Volunteers Award in recognition of the valuable work they do.
The Mayor, Cllr Jill Bray, said: “Never has volunteering been more important than it is now. It’s thanks to the selfless contributions from many individuals in our borough that our most vulnerable communities have felt supported and looked after in some of the most challenging of circumstances.”
Volunteers can be nominated in five award categories:
- Young Volunteer Award
For volunteers aged between 16 and 25 who have gone above and beyond the standard expectation for their age and who have used their own volunteer experience to inspire others.
- Volunteer Award
For volunteers over the age of 25 years old who have exceeded what would normally be expected of them and demonstrated their outstanding commitment to their role.
- Individual Trustee Award
For those in Chairman, Treasurer or Secretary roles who have shown due diligence, good governance and commitment for the minimum of a year, providing outstanding support, guidance and inspiration to the organisation.
- Volunteer Team Award
For two or more volunteers or trustees who have demonstrated great teamwork, provided support and encouragement for other volunteers, and made a significant and positive impact through working together.
- Crisis Response Volunteer
To recognise those individuals who engaged with and supported the local community to ensure vital services and support, such as food, medicine and calls to vulnerable residents, were delivered to members of the community during the pandemic.
Volunteers must live and/or volunteer in the borough and not receive any remuneration for their time.
The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 30 June 2021
The annual award scheme, now in its eighteenth year, was set up to recognise the unrewarded heroes who do a great amount of valuable work for the borough and its community and to show appreciation for their selfless service. The scheme is organised by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council in partnership with Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead (VARB) and were previously called the Mayor's Volunteer Awards.
Alisdair Semple, Trustee of VARB, said: “In our charity’s 25-year history, we have not seen anything like the multi-generational response to help and support those most in need that we’ve seen in the past year.
“What an incredible time to shine a spotlight on those that served, to note something of their contributions and to celebrate the silver-linings of generosity and kindness under pressure that been shown by so many.”
Nominated volunteers should not be informed of their nomination. Successful nominees will be invited to a special awards ceremony in September.