Next year will mark the 80th anniversary of the Citizens Advice movement. To celebrate, we want to formally recognise the value of CAB volunteers. The Volunteer Awards 2019 will focus on the enormous contribution and commitment that thousands of volunteers across Scotland bring to the Citizens Advice network.
Thousands of CAB volunteers provide help and support for citizens each year and without them, the Citizens Advice movement would not exist. Today, over 2,500 volunteers deliver key roles across CAB in Scotland, from providing advice, to giving administrative and office support, training and mentoring, acting as trustees, fundraising, campaigning and doing social policy work, to contributing to specific projects and many other vital roles.
We are inviting your bureau to nominate as many volunteers as you like across five award categories.
An external panel will judge winners from four finalists in each category. All finalists will be invited to come to the Citizens Advice Scotland Conference on 6th March 2019, when the winners will be announced. We will provide free places at the conference for each finalist plus one other volunteer from their bureau. Each winner will receive a commemorative token and £250 to spend in their bureau to improve the volunteer experience.
We hope to work with the winners and their bureaux to publicise the awards locally and nationally, promoting the work of the Citizens Advice network in Scotland and the value of volunteering.
There are five award categories, each of equal merit. Volunteers can be nominated in more than one category. Each bureau can submit as many entries as they wish:
1. Volunteer of the year award
For an individual volunteer of any age who stands out and has an inspirational story relating to their CAB experience. Length of service in itself will not be the only factor taken into account, but may be evidence of an extraordinary commitment. Download the nomination form for this award.
2. Youth volunteer award
For a volunteer under 26 years old who has grown as an individual as a result of their CAB experience and/or have made a real difference in their role. Download the nomination form for this award.
3. Campaigner(s) of the year award
This award is given for successful championing of rights through social policy work and could be given either to an individual volunteer or to a group of individuals which includes volunteers. Download the nomination form for this award.
4. Special recognition award
For a volunteer who has overcome significant barriers to enable them to make their volunteering contribution to the CAB service. Download the nomination form for this award.
5. Project spotlight award
To highlight the work of different specialist services or projects within the bureau network, with a different focus each year. This year the award is for an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to developing the service for older veterans, funded by the Unforgotten Forces project. Download the nomination form for this award.
To nominate volunteers for the awards:
Please complete the nomination form for the award you'd like to nominate someone for, and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm 31 January 2019. Finalists will be announced by mid-February.