6pm - 9pm | Royal Geographical Society, London
The VSO Volunteer Awards is our chance to shine a light on the amazing volunteers who work with VSO to achieve significant, lasting change. It will be a truly inspiring celebration of the enormous commitment of our volunteers.
The ceremony will be presented by BBC’s Reeta Chakrabarti, accompanied by live music from The Ruhi Project. There’s a drinks reception afterwards to meet other attendees, and it promises to be a heart-warming evening to kick-start Christmas celebrations.
The Impact Beyond Volunteering Award
This year we opened up one of our key awards for public vote. Voting closed on 13 October and the winner will be announced at the Awards in December.
Many VSO volunteers continue to be dedicated advocates for change once they get home, and we are taking the opportunity to recognise some of the amazing work they’ve done. The Impact Beyond Volunteering Award is for a former volunteer, who has continued to make a significant impact on the world around them since leaving their placement. We invite you to read more about these inspiring volunteers.
2017 Award Categories
The nominations period for this year’s awards has now closed. Thank you to everyone who has made a submission.
Professional volunteer – national
This award recognises the impact and commitment of a volunteer on a VSO placement in their own country in the previous 12 months.
- Ashish Varkey
- Mercy Katerere
- Rohit Kumar
Professional volunteer – international
This awards recognises the impact and commitment of a volunteer on a VSO placement outside their own country in the previous 12 months.
- Femke Dekkers
- Gudrun Witt
- Sandy Hung
- Stephanie-Marie Mueller
Education volunteer – sponsored by NASUWT
This award, in partnership with teachers' union NASUWT, will recognise the special impact and commitment of an education volunteer in a VSO programme in the previous 12 months.
- Beata Mkok
- Elias Musabyimana
- Janice Ann Perez
- Rachana Batha
Youth volunteer – national
This award recognises the impact and commitment of a youth volunteer (ICS) on a VSO placement in their own country in the previous 12 months.
- Emmanuel Opare
- Hassan Garba
- Mek Rotha
- Nowrin Sultana
Youth volunteer – international
This award recognises the impact and commitment of a youth volunteer (ICS) on a VSO placement outside their own country in the previous 12 months.
- Iain Marshall
- Ingrid Johnson
- Selam Ibrahim
- Shay Minihane and Patsy van Winden
Impact Beyond Volunteering
This award recognises a significant contribution made by a volunteer after their VSO placement has ended.
- Alexa Vardy
- Ann Norris
- Asma Elbadawi
- Lynne and Darryl Gregory
- Dr Maria Aurora Uyvico
This award recognises the impact and commitment of a team of volunteers on a VSO placement in the previous 12 months.
- Chikurubi Peer Educators
- Randstad Youth Employment Project
- Strengthening School-Readiness in Rwanda
2017 Judges Panel
- Charles Abani, Chief of Party, SACE (Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement and Trustee of VSO)
- Daniel Adugna, Program Manager, African Union Youth Volunteer Corps
- Jenny Blinkhorn, Education Consultant
- Fred Brown, President, NASUWT
- Margaret Carroll, Policy Specialist, UN Volunteers
- Catherine Chan, Communications Division, DFID
- Geeta Devi Pradhan, Head of Programme – Gender and Inclusive Governance, VSO Nepal
- Sue Howes
- Forkhan Uddin, Acting Country Director, VSO Bangladesh
- Andrew Webb, Executive Director Business Development, VSO
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Please note that all other costs such as travel to London, accommodation, etc are your own responsibility. If you have any queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8780 7500.
The VSO Volunteer Awards are kindly sponsored by NASUWT - The Teacher’s Union