Inspire Volunteering Awards Opens for Nominations!

SVE are delighted to today announce the launch of the Inspire Volunteering Awards 2019. The awards, delivered in partnership with Stirling Council, will mark the start of a month long Festival of Volunteering this September. Further info about the Festival will be coming very soon.

This year following feedback gathered from previous winners and partners, the award categories for 2019 will not focus on individual volunteers but instead will celebrate the volunteering successes of teams of volunteers within charities, organisations, social enterprises, and groups, and what can be achieved when we work together. You can nominate your vivacious volunteers, your cool community council, your super sports club or your terrific trustees. This is your chance to tell us what’s great about your local clubs, team of volunteers, or your board! What have your volunteers achieved when they have worked together?? We can’t wait to hear all about it!

This year the categories are as follows –

Volunteering for Health and Wellbeing sponsored by NHS Forth Valley

Nominations are open to teams of volunteers that have actively contributed to improving the health and wellbeing of others, or have supported the promotion and improvement of health and wellbeing in their community.

For example, nominees may have

  • Worked together to help reduce social isolation and improve social connectivity.
  • Identified and challenged health inequalities.
  • Raised awareness of/promoted the importance of supporting mental wellbeing.

Volunteering for Sport and Physical Activity

Nominations are open to volunteer led clubs, teams and schools in Stirlingshire whose contribution to sport has made a real difference.

For example, nominee’s may have

  • Used sport as a way to tackle social isolation/loneliness.
  • Used sport as a tool to positively impact the lives of participants.
  • Used sport to promote the inclusion of marginalised groups.

Volunteering for Community Impact sponsored by the Thistles Shopping Centre

Nominations are open to teams of volunteers, groups or community councils whose connectedness has resulted in a positive impact on their local community.

For example, nominees may have

  • Worked on a community project to improve their local area.
  • Empowered local people to take action on matters that are important in their community.
  • Worked together to run activities for local residents.

Volunteering for Children and Families

Nominations are open to teams of volunteers who are committed to working with children and/or families.

For example, nominee’s may have

  • Made a positive impact on the lives of children and/or families though their volunteering.
  • Dedicated themselves to improving outcomes for marginalised young people or families.
  • Empowered and supported young people to take action on matters that are important to them.

Volunteering for the Environment and Heritage sponsored by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Nominations are open to teams of volunteers who are committed to the promotion and protection of our environment, or the preservation of our rich cultural heritage.

For example, nominees may have

  • Contributed to a project to preserve and conserve our natural environment.
  • Dedicated their time to improving, maintaining or conserving a heritage project or site.
  • Promoted or carried out projects to recycle, reduce waste or reduce their carbon footprint.

Volunteering for Inclusion and Equality sponsored by Volunteer Scotland

Nominations are open to teams of volunteers who are focused on the elimination of discrimination, by valuing and respecting differences and encouraging and promoting inclusiveness within society.

For example, nominees may have

  • Promoted equality of opportunity for all advocacy or provision of a service.
  • Principles of empowerment at the heart of their volunteering, with people experiencing disadvantage leading the direction of the group and the organisation.
  • Campaigned to achieve a change with or for a group experiencing marginalisation.

Volunteering for Strong Organisations sponsored by Go Forth Stirling

Nominations are open to board, committee, panel or group members who have shown a continued commitment to good governance within their organisation that has resulted in high quality sustainable service provision to their beneficiaries.

For example, nominees may have

  • promoted team work within their organisation, valuing employees, volunteers and external stakeholder’s contributions.
  • demonstrated exceptional leadership in taking their organisation forward, driving the strategic goals, vision and values.
  • Worked collectively and proactively with each other and other stakeholders to achieve the purposes of the organisation.

The Inspire Volunteering Award 2019

The winner of this award will be decided from all the nominees of the other seven award categories, allowing the judges to select an overall winner. This will be an outstanding team of volunteers who has demonstrated a considerable impact over the course of 2019.

Nominations are NOW LIVE and you can nominate either

Nominations close on the 29th July at 5pm.

If you have any questions about the awards or the nominations process please email

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