Volunteer Ireland Awards 2017

Nominations Open for Tenth Volunteer Ireland Awards

Roscommon Volunteering Information Service today (30/08/17) announced that nominations for the tenth annual Volunteer Ireland Awards are now open. The awards are open to volunteers of all ages in the Republic of Ireland. There are ten different award categories, along with the prestigious Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year award.

People from all walks of life, all ages and all backgrounds volunteer. These awards provide an opportunity to showcase this diverse group of people and say thank you for their remarkable work. Award nominees have been as young as nine to as old as eighty and from as far away as Zambia and East Timor. What connects them all is the immense contribution to Irish society that they make.

Volunteer Ireland’s recent report on volunteering and well-being showed that a critical factor that contributes to a positive volunteering experience was the feeling of being valued and appreciated. Organisations are encouraged to show appreciation for their volunteers every day and these awards shine a light on volunteers around the country by celebrating local volunteers on a national level.

The report also showed that volunteering has a positive impact on volunteers with 55% of volunteers experiencing an increase in their mental health and well-being and 65% experiencing an increase in their self-esteem. Although volunteers reap many benefits from volunteering they typically never look for recognition or shout about what they do. That’s why the public’s help is needed. Members of the public are being called on now to say thank you to their local volunteers by nominating an outstanding volunteer or group of volunteers they know.

Anyone can nominate a volunteer, and the ten categories are:

  • Animals and Environment
  • Arts, Culture and Media
  • Campaigning and Awareness Raising
  • Children and Youth
  • Community
  • Safety and Emergency Services
  • Health and Disability
  • Social Work and Social Inclusion
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Outstanding Group

This year sees the introduction of a new award for groups, to recognise the teams of volunteers across the country that work together to make a difference. There will also be a special commendation for Volunteer Manager of the Year. Every single person nominated for an award will receive a special ‘thank you’ card from Volunteer Ireland.

All shortlisted applicants are automatically eligible for the overall Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominations close at midnight on Friday 6th October and can be made online at www.volunteer.ie. The Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award along with the ten category winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on Friday 1st December in the Radisson Hotel, Sligo. The event fittingly coincides with the closing ceremony that ends Sligo’s year as the European Volunteering Capital. All shortlisted nominees along with their guests will be invited to the ceremony to enjoy a much-deserved night of celebration.

Contact: Amy Woods, Communications and Advocacy Officer, Volunteer Ireland – amy@volunteer.ie/ 085 717 9261

About Volunteer Ireland:

Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development agency and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres in Ireland. Our vision is every person connected to and participating in their communities to build a better Irish society. Volunteer Ireland works to increase awareness of, access to and quality in volunteering in Ireland. For further information, visit: http://www.volunteer.ie/

As part of this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards campaign, one of the shortlisted nominees will receive the Community Hero Award, a lifetime achievement award honouring a volunteer who has – over the course of their life – made an extraordinary contribution to a good cause. The Community Hero Award is a unique collaboration between the Volunteer Ireland Awards and the Charity Impact Awards. More information about the Charity Impact Awards will be available shortly at www.charityimpactawards.ie.  

Roscommon LEADER Partnership Volunteer Ireland National Development Plan The European Agricultural Fund LEADER

This project received grant aid from Roscommon LEADER Partnership Rural Development Programme which is financed by the Irish Government under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2007-2013 and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas.