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Edinburgh’s Inspiring Volunteer Awards reflects the exceptional range of organisations and individuals working in the city’s vibrant charity and non-profit sectors

Nominations Open

The nominations will be open for eight weeks. Opened on Wednesday 24 January and closing on Wednesday 27 March. nominate now

Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2024

We are delighted to announce that we have opened the nominations for this years Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2024.

As always, every volunteer who is nominated will receive a certificate, and we will welcome a number of specially selected volunteers to an event hosted by Edinburgh’s Rt Hon Lord Provost Robert Aldridge at the City Chambers.

The Lord Provost is handing the award to the Inspiring Volunteer of the Year.

Isaac Taylor, winner of the Inspiring Volunteer of the Year 2023, being presented the award by the Rt. Hon Robert Aldridge, Lord Provost of The City of Edinburgh

This event is being held during Volunteers’ Week (1 to 7 June), and this year the date for the ceremony will be on Tuesday 4 June.

Thanks again for your support in recognising the fantastic achievements of all our amazing volunteers in Edinburgh.

Is there an individual or a group within your organisation that deserves an Inspiring Volunteer Award? Why not consider nominating them. We want to recognise and celebrate as many volunteers as possible!

Joan Griffiths, Deputy Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh unveiling an honour board at the City Chambers of the winners of the Inspiring Volunteer of the Year award.

Edinburgh’s Inspiring Volunteer Awards reflects the exceptional range of organisations and individuals working in the city’s vibrant charity and non-profit sectors.

Nominate Now!

Nominations are open and organisations can nominate by completing our online nomination form.

Some lucky nominees will be invited to accept their award at the City Chambers, others will receive a certificate in the post.

Shortlisted nominations will be considered by the Lord Provost for the ‘Lord Provost of Edinburgh’s Inspiring Volunteer of the Year Award 2024’. Last year the Lord Provost’s Inspiring Volunteer of the Year award was awarded to Isaac Taylor, a Support for Learning Helper at Currie High School and you can watch a short film about the incredible contribution Mark makes below. All recipients of this award are added to an Honour Board located at the City Chambers.

Awards Categories

Individual Awards

Nominate up to three individual volunteers.

Team Awards

Nominate one team of volunteers.

Special Recognition Awards *

Nominate one individual for this award.

Paul Bennett Volunteer Manager of the Year Award

Nominate one individual for this award.

Ian McInnes Award for Inclusive Volunteering

Nominate one individual for this award.

Inspiring Volunteer of the Year

A shortlist of nominees will be considered by the Lord Provost for this award.

Good Citizen Award

The Inspiring Volunteer of the Year will be presented with this award.

* Categories for the Special Recognition Awards are detailed futher down the page.
For more information about awards categories please contact Jason McCann at Volunteer Edinburgh by calling 0131 561 8310 or email events@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk

Closing Date

Please note that nominations close on Wednesday 27 March 2024. Nominate Now

Please help us to promote the awards nominations using the short url voled.in/nominations. Additional promotional materials are available in the sidebar.

Special Recognition Awards

Special recognition categories to highlight some of the diverse areas of volunteering across the City of Edinburgh include:

Special Recognition Awards

Arts, Culture and Heritage Volunteer

This award is for individuals who are engaged with organisations involving the arts, culture or heritage.

Charity Shop Volunteer

This award is for individuals who are engaged in a charity shop, whether a customer assistant, till operator or arranging donations through the back.

Digital Volunteer

This award is for individuals who are engaged with organisations supporting their digital and social media, IT development and marketing. Digital support has allowed organisations to adapt to changing circumstances and to continue to offer services.

Environment/Conservation Volunteer

This award is for individuals who are engaged with environmental activities, including education, outdoor learning, conservation or gardening.

Fundraising Volunteer

Volunteers involved in raising money for an organisation can be nominated for this award.

Health and Social Care Volunteer

This award is for individuals who give support to vulnerable people in our communities which enhances their health and wellbeing.

Long Standing Contribution to Volunteering Award

This award is for someone who’s volunteered within their community for 10 years of more, and have made an outstanding contribution.

Sports Volunteer

This award is for individuals whose volunteering involves supporting sports, and active and healthy lifestyles in their communities.

Team of the Year

This award recognises the joint efforts of a group of volunteers, such as a community group, employee volunteer group, a board, school group etc. The team might demonstrate strength, commitment, passion or creativity in successfully achieving their goals, and will have made a significant difference in the community and to their volunteer cause.

Trustee Volunteer

This award is for individuals who make or have made a huge contribution to transforming our communities and society by serving or have on a charity board/management committee.

Young Volunteer

This award is designed to recognise a young person aged between 11 and 25 who has shown a real commitment to their volunteering.

Paul Bennett Volunteer Manager of the Year Award

You can read about this special award in more detail further down this page.

Ian McInnes Award for Inclusive Volunteering

You can read about this special award in more detail further down this page.

Paul Bennett Volunteer Manager of the Year Award

Volunteer Managers are often the unsung heroes in the volunteering world. They encourage, nurture, and help make volunteering a truly amazing thing.

We announced the introduction of this award category 2021 in memory of our late colleague Paul Bennett who, to many people, was the first person that they would meet when they visited us, and to many organisations was the guy who helped them craft their adverts to make sure they were as effective as possible. He was also always on hand to offer advice and guidance to volunteer managers, helping them and answering their volunteer management questions.

This award is open to any volunteer manager, paid or unpaid, who makes an outstanding contribution to volunteering in Edinburgh. Nominations for this award can come from colleagues, but we would really like to hear from their volunteers about the difference they make to volunteering.

Ian McInnes Award for Inclusive Volunteering

The Ian McInnes Award for Inclusive Volunteering is awarded to a Volunteer Involving Organisation in memory of Ian McInnes (1969 to 2017) in recognition of their contribution to improving equality and accessibility in volunteering.

This may be as a result of their creative approaches to reaching and recruiting volunteers; their flexible and inclusive ways of engaging with and supporting volunteers or how they share these techniques with other organisations to improve volunteering for all.

You can find out more about the Ian McInnes Award and the previous winners on our dedicated webpage here.

Bipolar Edinburgh received the Ian McInnes award at the City chambers last year in recognition of their very real and important commitment to their volunteers.

Eligibility Criteria

The Awards are only open to people volunteering in the City of Edinburgh; The minimum age for volunteers to be considered for the awards is 11 years old; Volunteers must have volunteered for at least six months with your organisation before being eligible to be nominated; If they have previously received an Inspiring Volunteer Award they should not be nominated again. Please refer to our Nomination Guidelines for more information.

For more information about awards nominations please contact Jason McCann at Volunteer Edinburgh by calling 0131 561 8310 or email events@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk.

Volunteer Edinburgh’s Inspiring Volunteer Awards in partnership with the Office of the Lord Provost and the City of Edinburgh Council.
For more information please contact Jason McCann at Volunteer Edinburgh by calling 07587 034 535 or email events@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk.