Helpforce Champions Awards 2019

When it comes to volunteers in the NHS “Thank you” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Which is why we want to shout from the rooftops about the amazing work volunteers in our NHS do every single day. The Helpforce Champions Awards, kindly sponsored by Deloitte and supported by NHS England, are your opportunity to celebrate and share the invaluable contributions made by volunteers across the UK.

With your help, we can shine a light on those dedicated and caring individuals who give their time and talents to help staff and support patients, families and carers.

Nominations are now closed, but watch this space for the inspirational stories from the shortlisted. Thank you to everyone who nominated.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this possible

Award Categories:

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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