Here’s to the amazing volunteers that make a difference – it’s time to celebrate them
Our Helpforce Champions Awards recognise volunteers in eight categories to find examples of people trying something new, bringing about positive change and setting new levels of excellence.
Outstanding Volunteering Team of the Year
This award recognises excellent teamwork and combined contribution by three or more volunteers working together. If you know a dynamic team who prove that more hands are better than one, tell us about their outstanding teamwork. The group may have worked on an event or project, and have achieved significant success as a team.
Young Volunteer of the Year
This award celebrates the contribution young people can make to staff and patients, and the value they bring. We are looking for examples of young volunteers who are leading the way for their generation. The ones who have made a big difference in the lives of the people they are supporting as well as to their own lives.
Volunteer of the Year
This award celebrates a truly exceptional individual who has gone above and beyond expectations in their volunteering role during the year. Tell us about a volunteer whose dedication, thoughtfulness, energy and care have made a lasting impact on the experience of staff, patients, or both.
Outstanding Staff Champion for Volunteers
This award goes to a supportive member of NHS staff (outside of volunteer management), who has championed and embraced volunteers, and gone the extra mile to recognise the positive impact volunteers can make. We would like to see examples of those that have supported volunteers in their service area, community, influenced others, opened doors and supported integration, creating a positive volunteering environment.
Volunteer Leader of the Year
This award recognises the commitment and dedication of an outstanding NHS staff member who leads volunteers or has core responsibility for managing or coordinating volunteering at an NHS trust. We want to see examples of leaders who have innovated systems and services to bring about positive transformation for volunteer support staff, patients, and the volunteers themselves.
Partnership working in volunteering
This award recognises the importance and value of bringing NHS volunteers together with other organisations in hospitals and the wider community. We want to see examples of how partnership working increases the value of the volunteer roles and the experience of staff and patients.
Innovation in Volunteering Award
This award recognises the contributions and achievements of an innovative idea or scheme involving volunteers that have made a significant contribution to the staff and patients in a hospital. You can nominate an individual or a team for this award.
Celebrating inclusion and diversity in volunteering
This award celebrates successful approaches to inclusion; projects or schemes that positively promote ethnicity, disability, refugees, the homeless, or carers for example, within their volunteering strategy. We want to see examples of how an inclusive approach has brought benefits to volunteer, staff, patients and the wider community beyond.
Volunteering is humbling. It brings you back down to earth, and it has definitely taught me the value of patience, something I see from the staff in everything they do. I’m now always encouraging my mates to give a few hours a week to their local hospital too.
Birju Pujara, volunteer at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Trust