Nominations are being invited for Wales’s premier awards scheme recognising the work of the many individuals and teams of volunteers across the country.
The Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards are presented annually during Volunteers’ Week at a ceremony in Cardiff in June. Since the initiative began in 2004, the number of nominations has risen year on year to more than 200 in 2010.
Run by third sector umbrella group Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) andsupported by CCLA for the second year running, the scheme has five nomination categories:
· Individuals (age 25 and over)
· young people (under 25 years)
· ‘green’ volunteers
Last year’s winners included two environmentalists who took weekly unpaid leave to volunteer and a woman who had spent 25 years raising money for hospital equipment while running an anti-bullying initiative.
‘The Wales Volunteer of the Year Award acknowledges the dedication of volunteers who have helped make the biggest difference in the communities in which they live,’ said Graham Benfield OBE, Chief Executive of WCVA.
‘These are people who are recognised for their initiative, dedication or their personal qualities. They are an inspiration, and the quality of nominations each year shows us just how strong the voluntary sector and volunteering ethos is in Wales.’
CCLA Market Development Manager Mark Davies added: ‘Here's a quote I recently read: “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart” - how true! CCLA is once again pleased to support the Volunteer of the Year Awards.’
The closing date for nominations is 20 April 2011. Forms are available from WCVA’s Helpdesk or on WCVA’s website www.wcva.org.uk
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