Volunteers Really are the Lifeblood of Our Community - Let's Cheer the Volunteers in 2018!

BLEVEC volunteers receiving their award in 2017

Tell everyone about your inspiring volunteers!

Chances are, if you’re not a volunteer yourself then it won’t take you long to think of someone who is.

From school governors, youth sports coaches and youngsters helping to run youth clubs to residents cutting back footpaths, keeping an eye on older residents and helping to make local towns and villages safer and even better places to live, volunteers play a huge part in our community in an incredible array of different roles.

Now, you are being asked for help to give them some recognition.

Nominations are open for the fourth annual Central Bedfordshire Cheering Volunteering Awards.

The awards and celebration evening will take place at the Grove Theatre, in Dunstable, on Tuesday, 5 June 2018.

And until the beginning of April, nominations can be made in six different categories:

Young Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the year

Volunteer Group of the Year

Outstanding Contribution

Lifetime Achievement

Sports Volunteer of the Year

The easiest way to make a nomination is via the Cheering Volunteering web pages.

Cllr Carole Hegley
Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Adults, Social Care and Housing Operations and Customer Services, said: “We said that last year’s Cheering Volunteering event was the best ever – and we’d now like to surpass that. But we can only do that with our residents’ help, by asking them to put forward volunteers in the six different awards categories.

“Volunteers really are the lifeblood of our community, doing what they do for no other reward than the pleasure of helping others and making a difference. So, what better way to say thank you than to put them forward for a Cheering Volunteering award? The application process is quick and easy.

“Please share this message with friends, family and colleagues as we love to hear the inspiring stories about the contribution our volunteers are giving.”

Graham Mountford was among the many emergency response volunteers recognised at last year’s Cheering Volunteering awards when BLEVEC (Bedfordshire & Luton Emergency Volunteers Executive Committee) won Volunteer Group of the Year.

Graham, who is a pilot, said: “It’s great that the council took the step of organising the awards to celebrate volunteers, and I’d encourage people to get their nominations in for this year’s awards.

“It was great to be recognised. You don’t volunteer for the recognition and to be patted on the back; it funny because it shouldn’t feel important, but it really does make a big difference.

“The awards evening was really good. It was great to see so many volunteers from so many different organisations and all walks of life. You don’t realise until you see it that there is so much going on and so many people out there volunteering.”

 Logo for this year's Cheering Volunteering

Free tickets to the event are available from the Grove Theatre’s website or by calling the box office on 01582 602080.

Applications can be made to the Inspiring Volunteering Grant Scheme. 

There is a total funding pot of £5,000 available for projects which encourage volunteering or kick-start new activities involving volunteers.

The deadline for applications is the beginning of April, via the Cheering Volunteering web pages

  • Thanks go to Biffa, Pro Logis, Aragon, Jeakins Weir, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue and Central Bedfordshire College who are sponsoring Cheering Volunteering 2018.