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AVOW’s Volunteer Week 2024 Celebrations

AVOW Volunteer Week 2024

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40th Anniversary Of Volunteer Week

Celebrating outstanding volunteers across Wrexham and the special difference they have made in people’s lives! 

– AVOW Celebration Event for Volunteers will take place on Wednesday 5th June from 1pm – 4pm at Gresford Memorial Hall

– AVOW Celebration Event for Youth Volunteers (under 25) and Youth Volunteering will take place on Thursday 6th June at Yellow and Blue (YAB) from 5pm – 7pm

The AVOW Volunteering Awards 2024 are coordinated by AVOW with the purpose of recognising and celebrating the real difference volunteers make to communities throughout Wrexham County Borough.

To qualify for nomination, nominees are required to volunteer for a charity, community group, or a comparable organisation. If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please contact AVOW.

All successful volunteers will get a certificate, of which a selection will be invited to an award ceremony. All nominated volunteers will be automatically entered for the special award categories.

Don’t worry if your nominee can’t make the ceremony, AVOW’s team will ensure that they are celebrated. We are happy to meet with Volunteers, and share and celebrate with them where ever works for them.

Please read all the information below carefully.

Special Award Categories

AVOW believes in celebrating all volunteers. The work that they do every year makes an incredible difference to our community. For Volunteer Week, AVOW will select some volunteers to come, accompanied by their organisation, to an event to celebrate the volunteer.

In addition to this, this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Volunteer Week, we are launching 3 special categories to celebrate volunteers that have truly been Superstar Volunteers. Everyone nominated will be automatically considered for these awards.

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All volunteers are stars. The AVOW Volunteer Superstar Award is awarded to an individual volunteer whose commitment to voluntary work within the county that has contributed to and enhanced the wellbeing of their community.

This can be anything from helping a neighbour, to coming forward in an emergency. It can be being a stalwart of a community group, through to organising and setting up a community group.

AVOW Young Person Volunteer Superstar

All volunteers are stars. The AVOW Youth Volunteer Superstar Award is awarded to an individual volunteer whose commitment to voluntary work within the county has inspired others.

This can be anything from helping a neighbour, to coming forward in an emergency. It can be being a stalwart of a community group, through to organising and setting up a community group.

AVOW Special Award: 40+ Years Volunteering Superstar

In honour of the 40th anniversary of Volunteering Week, this year AVOW are awarding a special award for those that have done 40 years (or more!) volunteering. This is distinguished award has been established to acknowledge  individuals who have dedicated a large part of their life to making an incredible difference to the communities of Wrexham County.

Closing Date

Nominations MUST be received by 12 Midnight on Sunday the 12th May 2024. Finalists will be contacted by AVOW and will be presented during Volunteers Week 3-9 June 2024. All individuals nominated must volunteer in Wrexham or volunteer for a Wrexham based community or not for profit organisation.

An independent panel of judges consisting of AVOW staff, trustees and representatives of the voluntary sector will make the final decision on winning entries.

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Top Tips for completing the Volunteering Awards nomination form.

Be Specific

  • The nomination form asks specific questions in an attempt create to a full picture of the volunteer/s you are nominating. Therefore, please make sure you answer each of them as fully as possible.
  • Where possible, include details regarding the contribution your nominee/s make.
  • Avoid saying “many” years or hours.
  • Share specific examples e.g:
    • John Smith has been volunteering with us for 7 years. He volunteers with us twice a week for 3 hours per session.

Don’t Make Assumptions

  • You know your volunteer/s and what they do. The judging panel will be building a picture of your volunteer from the information on the form so include as much detail as possible.
  • Think of the judging panel as visitors from another planet.
  • They will be tasked with reading through each application, awarding marks based on what you have written. Even if a panel judge is aware of your work they won’t be able to award marks unless it’s written on the form. The easier you can make it for the judges to score the nomination form the higher the chance of winning.

Build a picture

  • Share specific examples of activities that your volunteer has been involved in and bring their volunteering experience to life.
  • Tell their story.
  • This is your opportunity to tell us why your volunteer/s deserves to win an award.
  • There are questions on the form and spaces for your answer – you can type as much as you like in these boxes.
  • Answer every question and do make sure you give enough information for the category/ies you have picked for the volunteer/s.
  • Remember the more examples and detail you give, the better chance the volunteer/s you are nominating has of winning!

Can’t persuade your volunteers?

  • So many volunteers do not think that would they do is anything special – we want to remind them what they do is amazing. Without volunteers so much in Ceredigion just would not happen.
  • Remember nominating your volunteer will be good publicity for your organisation and most volunteers will be happy to promote the organisation if a little shy to promote themselves.
  • So what are you waiting for; get those nominations in for the AVOW Volunteering Awards

Note the date

  • Nominations must be received by midday on the 12th May 2024 via the online form (link below). If you are unable to submit a nomination electronically then paper copies are available. Please contact [email protected] and return by the closing date.
  • You can also complete the form online but please note you cannot save your work part way through. Don’t Forget!
  • All individuals nominated must volunteer in Wrexham or volunteer for a Wrexham based organisation.
  • Permission must be sought from the nominee.
  • Finalists of the awards will be required to allow their photographs and information regarding their volunteering to be used for publicity purposes.
  • Individual volunteers cannot be nominated by themselves or a family member for an individual volunteer award.
  • Give as much information as you can in each section relevant to the Award category/ies, there are spaces below each question to type your answer – these expand so you can write as much as you need to.
  • If you need help with the form or have any questions contact the Volunteering Team at AVOW on 01978 312556/ [email protected]  – before Midnight on the 12th  May 2024!

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