2017: the year to cheer on our volunteers
Date Added: 04/01/2017
Following the success of last year’s event, Cheering Volunteering will return in 2017.
This will be the third Central Bedfordshire Cheering Volunteering event and the success of the awards and celebration evening grows each year.
The event is organised by Central Bedfordshire Council, working in partnership with the Volunteer Centres as part of Central Bedfordshire Together, to say thank you to those who give their time to help others.
Sponsored by Biffa, Aragon Housing, the Fire Service, ProLogis and Jeakins Weir, the Grove Theatre will again host the awards on 6 June 2017.
Last time seven awards were presented on the night, with winners ranging from Brownie and Guide leaders, to community fundraisers and drop-in cafés. The 2016 winners have also been invited to the council Chairman’s annual civic reception next month to mark their achievements.
There will again be seven awards in 2017:
• Young Volunteer of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year
• Volunteer Group of the Year
• Outstanding Contribution
• Lifetime Achievement
• Fundraiser of the Year
• Panel’s Choice
Nominations will open next Wednesday, 11 January – and free tickets to the event will also be available from the Grove Theatre from this month.
A new and exciting feature in 2017 is that we will also be presenting some small awards of grant funding on the night to local groups to help create and support new volunteering opportunities.
Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care and Housing at Central Bedfordshire Council, who led the 2016 event, said: “Cheering Volunteering is a highlight of the year’s calendar as far as I’m concerned – I hope that it will be even bigger and better than ever in 2017.”
Cllr Caroline Maudlin, Deputy Executive Member for Stronger Communities, added: “We really hope the success of Cheering Volunteering continues to grow year on year. It is such a privilege to celebrate the often unheralded work which volunteers do across Central Bedfordshire.
“Hearing about the amazing work which they do and the impact which it has on the individuals and groups who benefit was incredibly humbling. Helping others by volunteering can be so rewarding, and with local businesses sponsoring this event it is a great way for us to celebrate and thank your volunteers for what they do.
“So, if you want to say thank you to a special volunteer or volunteers, please put them forward for an award when nominations open next month. And make sure you book your free tickets for the event too, as you are guaranteed a great night out.”
To find out more about volunteering opportunities across Central Bedfordshire, visit http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/council/stronger-communities/volunteering.aspx
Guests at the Chairman’s civic reception will be encouraged to get nominating for Cheering Volunteering, with many of them attending the big day in June.