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Volunteer Impact Awards 2018 entry details


The nominations period has now closed. 

If you've submitted a nomination, we'll let you know if you're a finalist in September. 

If you have any queries, please contact volunteerawards@vsoint.org

Stephanie-Marie Müller with her award in 2017

Stephanie-Marie Müller with her award in 2017

International Volunteer Award

This award recognises the impact and commitment of a volunteer on a VSO placement outside their own country in the previous 12 months. The international award reflects the specific skills of a volunteer to bring in new thinking to a project that combines effectively with local knowledge or provides a different voice to help.

Stephanie-Marie Müller’s energy, enthusiasm and professionalism helped win her the award last year as she supports 10,000 smallholder farmers in Bangladesh.

 

Ashish Varkey with his award

Ashish Varkey with his award

In-country Volunteer Award

This award recognises the impact and commitment of a volunteer on a VSO placement in their own country in the last 12 months. The in-country award is for an in-country volunteer that’s brought the most in-depth local understanding to resolve an issue or helped link local services to the most marginalised because of their local knowledge.

Last year, this award was won by Ashish Varkey, who made great improvements to the lives of women farmers in West Bengal by persuading 20 farmers from four villages to join a cooperative. In just seven weeks, Ashish transformed the way these farmers sell their produce.

Community Volunteer Award

This award recognises the increasing importance of volunteers who make lasting change within their own communities in the last 12 months. Community volunteers work directly with VSO or with a local partner organisation. They bring a unique understanding of their own community context and the causes of poverty, they are motivated to help their community, and their passion, creativity and enthusiasm make them extremely effective volunteers. Often they are invaluable in persuading communities to trust and access public services, for example, mobilising their community to visit hospital, because the nurses have no time to go to the local community.

Youth Leader Award

This award recognises youth leadership and the volunteer's contribution to influencing policy and advocacy activities.

Youth Active Citizen Award

This award recognises volunteers that have used their ingenuity and creativity to create meaningful change in a community with specific outcomes and impact.

Impact Beyond Volunteering Award

This award recognises the significant contribution a volunteer continues to make after their time with VSO is over, after their placement has finished. This volunteer can be an international, in-country, youth or a community volunteer.

This award will be judged by a public vote. The shortlist will be agreed by the judging panel, and the public will be invited to choose the winner.

Last year, the award was won by Dr Maria Aurora Uyvico, who volunteered in the Philippines, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Thailand after her placement in Nepal.

Education Volunteer Award

This award recognises the special impact and commitment of an education volunteer in a VSO programme in the previous 12 months. This volunteer can be an international, in-country, youth or a community volunteer.

Team Award

This award recognises the impact and commitment of a team of volunteers in the last 12 months. These volunteers can be international, in-country, youth or community volunteers.

Last year, Randstad Youth Employment Team won this award for their work in Tanzania improving career guidance for young people in Tanzania. They gave skills training in 12 schools and established career service centres, and as a result 330 students started apprenticeships.

Voluntary Workforce Award

This award recognises a volunteer who has provided invaluable support behind the scenes. These volunteers often provide essential support to one of our offices, like selecting or engaging volunteers, providing business support, organising fundraising activities or acting as an ambassador.