There's still time to say thank you to local volunteers

14 March 2017

If you’ve yet to get your nominations in for this year’s Cheering Volunteering awards then don’t worry, you still have time.

The awards are a chance to thank the many volunteers and voluntary organisations across Central Bedfordshire for the often unheralded work which they do to help others in their community.

There are six different categories in which you can nominate people and you have until 31 March to do so.

  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer Group of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Fundraiser of the Year

The winners will be announced at an awards and celebration evening at the Grove Theatre, in Dunstable, on Tuesday, 6 June.

Free tickets are available for what promises to be a great evening’s entertainment, and which will again be compered by Billy Lee

We organise the event, working in partnership with the Volunteer Centres as part of Central Bedfordshire Together. It is sponsored by Biffa, Aragon Housing, the Fire Service, ProLogis and Jeakins Weir.

New for this year is a grant scheme which has been launched to assist voluntary and community organisations to encourage volunteering.

‘Inspiring Volunteering’ is the Cheering Volunteering small grants scheme, with a total funding pot of £5,000 secured to help local voluntary and community sector community projects.

Grant awards will be made from a minimum of £100 to a maximum of £1,000.

Any group or organisation hoping to secure funding will need to show that the project they wish to spend the money on is located within Central Bedfordshire and/or will support primarily the residents of Central Bedfordshire.

Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care and Housing, said: "We’ve already had a good response in terms of nominations but we’d love to hear from you if you’d like to say thank you to a local volunteer or voluntary organisation.

"So that could be anyone, such as volunteers who work with children, faith groups animals or animal charities; people who are involved in care schemes; volunteers with hospital services; young volunteers; the army of volunteers who help local sports clubs to run; countryside volunteers or the many people who give up their time to help schools, such as governors.

"Hearing all of the different stories on the awards evening is always inspirational, so the more the merrier!

"And if you know of a project which would benefit from our new grants scheme, please get in touch. Who knows, that could help to launch something which we’ll be hearing more about at next year’s awards."

Find out more about Cheering Volunteering to make a nomination, book free tickets and to apply for a grant.

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