There's still time to get in your Cheering Volunteering nominations
Date Added: 22/03/2016
Following the success of last year’s event, Cheering Volunteering returns this June – and there are just a couple of weeks left to send in your nominations.
The awards and celebration evening will take place at the Grove Theatre, in Dunstable, on Tuesday, 7 June – during National Volunteers’ Week.
If you want to put someone forward for an award, the closing date is Wednesday, 6 April. Makes sure you get your entries in by then as we can’t accept nominations after that date.
You can nominate a volunteer or volunteer group in one of six award categories:
• Young Volunteer of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year
• Volunteer Group of the Year
• Outstanding Contribution
• Lifetime Achievement
• Fundraiser of the Year
There will also be a Panel’s Choice Award, chosen from all of the entries received.
Jodie Chillery won the Volunteer of the Year award last year for her project Arlesey Remembers You. The project saw individual poppy crosses made by school children placed on the 87 graves of the men named on Arlesey’s war memorial, to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.
She said: “It was great not only for me to win, but I think the award helped to galvanise the community and recognise their achievement. After all, the project was all about community involvement and wouldn't have been possible without commitment from such a variety of people.
“I literally had two people hug me in the street after the award, as they were so thrilled that I'd helped Arlesey get wider recognition.
“Nominating people for awards helps communities realise the good that some individuals and groups do – and if that encourages others to become involved in community-based or led activities then that will make for a stronger society. So for that reason, I'd encourage people to think about who they could nominate for this year’s awards.”
Colin Creasey is part of Ukie Toones, who won Fundraiser of the Year thanks to their efforts raising money for various local charities with their ukulele concerts.
He said: “It was a great privilege to be awarded an award amongst so many other deserving people. This award not only rewarded all the players performing, but also increased the number of enquiries we had for bookings, therefore hopefully raising even more money for YAWN 16 and Luton and South Beds Motor Neurone Disease Association during 2016.”
To nominate someone for an award, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/council/cheering-volunteering/awards-event-2016.aspx
There is also a link to the Grove Theatre’s website where you can book your free tickets to the event, which will again be compered by Tom Jones impersonator Billy Lee, who was a huge hit with the audience last year.