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Nominations Open for 2020 Volunteer Star Awards

Thu 16 Jan 2020

Described by a previous host as ‘our own mini Pride of Britain Awards’ these events aim to publicly recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements and commitment of volunteers and organisations who go the extra mile to support our communities.

In 2019 more than 1200 people attended ceremonies across Staffordshire with events held in Cannock Chase, Stafford and District, Lichfield and District, South Staffordshire, East Staffordshire and Staffordshire Moorlands.  This year we will see the launch of additional events being held in held in Tamworth and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The events organised by Support Staffordshire take place throughout June to mark the UK’s biggest celebration of Volunteering ‘National Volunteers’ Week’, 1st- 7th June.

Feedback from previous events has been excellent and with guests saying how inspiring the volunteers’ stories are. 

“Until you attend a function like this you do not appreciate the tremendous job all the volunteers do.” Cllr Ian Plant, Cheadle

”Thank you for making volunteers feel appreciated and recognised.”  Alison Poole, Stafford

​"The Blythe Centre are proud to be part of the wider network that help change, shape and support all by working together with Support Staffordshire to make life good for all.”  Helen Bickerton, Blythe Bridge

 

Nominations are being sought in the following 10 award categories:

  • ‘Volunteering Support for Young People’ 
  • ‘Volunteering Support for the over 65’s’ 
  • ‘Personal Achievement’ 
  • ‘Business Contribution to Communities’ 
  • ‘Trustee of the Year’ 
  • ‘New Volunteer Team of the Year’ 
  • ‘Volunteer Team of the Year’  
  • ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ 
  • ‘Volunteer of the Year’ 
  • ‘Lifetime Achievement’ 

Garry Jones, Chief Executive of Support Staffordshire said “We are delighted to be hosting 8 events this year which has only been possible due to the generosity and support of local businesses.  Volunteers are the lifeblood of our sector and these events are all about taking an hour or two to recognise the people who give their time freely, without promise of material reward, to help the people and places around them. We are already looking forward to reading the inspirational stories of local giving.”

Anyone can nominate an individual, group, organisation or business they feel deserve to be recognised for their contribution.  This is a great opportunity for the community to say thank you.  Nominations can be made via the website at www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk.  The closing date is Friday 3rd April at 5pm.

For more information about how to nominate or for details on sponsorship opportunities visit the Support Staffordshire website or email us at awards@supportstaffordshire.org.uk or call us on 0300 777 1207.