Helpforce Champions

Nominations are now closed for 2018.

These Awards, kindly sponsored by Deloitte, are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and share the diverse contributions made by volunteers across the country. We are excited to be able to shine a light on those who give their time and talents to help staff in our NHS, and support patients and families and carers at a vulnerable time.

They give us a chance to:

  • Show them that they are valued and recognised
  • Raise the profile of the wonderful work they do with your staff and wider communities
  • Share stories to inspire and galvanise others into volunteering
  • Highlight the positive impact on staff, patients and the volunteers themselves

“I am thrilled Helpforce is hosting these awards to celebrate the fantastic contribution made by volunteers to our health service. We see first-hand the remarkable difference so many are making every day, and it is a privilege to share these stories and successes, as well as giving the volunteers some well-deserved recognition.”

Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett, Founder of Helpforce

We have had wonderful nominations from inspiring volunteering practice across the country. The ceremony, to be held on the 8 November, promises to be a moving celebration of the volunteers who give so much to our NHS; it is a great opportunity to thank them for their time and generosity.

Award Categories

Outstanding Volunteering Team of the Year

This award recognises excellent teamwork and combined contribution by three or more volunteers working together. 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.

Volunteer of the Year

This award celebrates an individual who has gone above and beyond expectations in their volunteering role during the year, and made a noticeable impact on the experience of a staff, or patients, or both. Anyone can nominate, patients who have had a positive experience, staff who want to reward a volunteer helping on their ward, or a volunteer manager working with a particularly committed volunteer.

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. For this award we are looking for examples of volunteers who tried something new, done something differently, and brought about a positive change.

Volunteer Leader of the Year

This award recognises the commitment and dedication of an outstanding NHS staff member who leads volunteers, or has a core responsibility for managing or coordinating volunteering at an NHS trust. We want to see examples of leaders who have improved the ways volunteers support staff, patients, and the volunteers themselves using innovation and bringing about transformation.

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 has made a significant contribution to the staff and patients in a hospital. You can nominate an individual or a team for this award. We are looking for examples of volunteers who tried something new, done something differently, and brought about a positive change.

Celebrating inclusion and diversity in volunteering

This award celebrates successful approaches to inclusion e.g. ethnicity, disability, refugees, homelessness, carers etc, in their volunteering strategy. We want to see examples of how the inclusive approach has brought benefits to the volunteers, and staff and patients.