Nominations for the annual vInspired National Awards are now ope
On 11 November 2013, Youth volunteering charity vInspired launched nominations for its annual vInspired National Awards.
Now in its 5th year, the vInspired National Awards, in association with RBS Early Careers, are the biggest of their kind, celebrating the achievements and dedication of young volunteers and the youth workers who support them.
This year, to acknowledge the rise of young entrepreneurs and the vInspired has added a new award for the “Most Outstanding Social Entrepreneur”. The categories are:
· Best Young Volunteer
· All Round Commitment to Volunteering
· Bringing Communities Together
· Team Activity
· Outstanding Contribution by a Youth Worker
· Most Outstanding NCS Team
· Most Outstanding Social Entrepreneur
Winners will be rewarded with a star-studded awards ceremony, held at the Indig02 in London on 27th March next year, with performances from some of the best music talent. Past celebrity attendees have included Tinchy Stryder and The Saturdays as well as youth icons such as Katie Piper.
Terry Ryall, CEO of vInspired said, “We have seen some truly amazing nominations in past years and are always proud to put on a tear jerking, eye-opening award ceremony celebrating the great things that young volunteers up and down the country are doing in their community.
“So please think about the young people who inspire you, who give their time energy and passion to good causes in your community. Or who have overcome a tough time themselves, and still want to help others. They deserve a celebration, so tell us all about them so we can give them the party of a lifetime!”
Best Young Volunteer 2013, Amy May Knowles said: “It was such an honour to be named a national finalist for the vInspired National Awards last year. I don’t volunteer for recognition, but it’s great to know that people appreciate what I do.
Volunteering has given me loads more confidence and really helped me to improve my public speaking and it’s brilliant that these awards not only celebrate the benefits of volunteering but also inspire young people to volunteer and make a difference in their communities.”
Katie Llewellyn-Cripps, RBS Early Careers and Campus Marketing, said, “As part of our Early Careers scheme we are committed to celebrating the outstanding achievements of young volunteers and supporting young people on their journey through education into employment. Volunteering is extremely important because it gives young people so many transferable skills for the working world that they might not learn through education, as well as the confidence to thrive in a competitive environment. We’re proud to partner with vInspired on the National Awards and look forward to seeing the great work that volunteers across the country are doing.”
Nominations are free and open to anyone in England.
· Seven regional winners will be recognised in each English region
· Three national finalists will be selected from the regional winners, with the overall winner in each category to be announced at the vInspired National Awards ceremony
· All regional winners will be invited to the star-studded event at the Indig02 Arena in London, March 27, 2013
For more information or to nominate someone who inspires you, visit: www.vinspired.com/nationalawards.
Nominations close on the 24th November 2013.