Today I would like to highlight yet another volunteer award scheme for people who are making a difference to their local community – this time it is Wealden District Council that has announced it is looking for nominations for its Community Volunteer Awards. The Awards aim to recognise the contribution made by so many people who help others, and the environment, often without thanks or acknowledgement from society as a whole. The categories are Community Volunteer Hero, Outstanding Community Achievement through Volunteer Hours, Young Volunteer of the Year, and Trustee of the Year. Each winner will receive £25 in gift vouchers, and the organisation they volunteer with will receive a £100 donation. Councillor Johanna Howell, cabinet member for community and volunteering, says that she also hopes that by “finding and rewarding some outstanding examples of volunteering” the local authority will inspire others, showing “the sense of purpose and fulfilment volunteering can bring”. The closing date for nominations is 7 September (midday), and further information can be obtained by calling 01323 443520 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, of course, it will be the outcome of the ‘youth’ category that we will be particularly interested in, here at the Chreda Foundation.
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