Residents, community groups and voluntary organisations across the borough are being invited by the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead to nominate their dedicated volunteers to receive an award recognising the valuable work they do.
The Reigate & Banstead Volunteer Awards, now in their nineteenth year, are organised in a partnership between Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead.
This year’s mayor, Cllr Frank Kelly, said: “Volunteers represent a crucial force for positive change in communities, helping to make our borough a better place to live and providing support to those who need it most.
“Recent years have highlighted just how essential volunteers are for so many of us, so it is important we give them the recognition they deserve.”
Alisdair Semple, trustee at Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead, said: “As we find our way into a post-pandemic pattern of life, we are encountering a whole new world of the unexpected.
“At least one thing has not changed and that is the significant value given by those who serve by volunteering. This is always something worth highlighting and celebrating.”
Successful nominees will be invited to a special awards ceremony in September, due to be held at the Harlequin.
Volunteers can be nominated in four award categories:
- Young Volunteer Award (ages 16-25)
- Volunteer Award
- Individual Trustee Award
- Volunteer Team Award
Criteria for the categories, a nomination form, and contact details for any queries can be found on a council webpage.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 1 July 2022: the council says that nominated volunteers should not be informed of their nomination.
Anyone interested in volunteering opportunities in the borough can find out more here.
For articles on previous years’ winners, see here.