Local volunteer awards

We are pleased to launch the 2018 Local Volunteer Awards, specially organised to celebrate the fabulous contribution made by our dedicated volunteers. These will be held at various locations throughout the UK during the month of June.

Anyone can nominate a volunteer if they are eligible for their chosen category and nominations are open from Tuesday 6 March until 12 noon on Friday 6 April.

Our values are extremely important to us as they act as a guide for all of our day to day activities and behaviours. The Local Awards allow volunteers to be nominated and recognised for putting our values into action.

There will be six value-based awards and two new additional awards:

  1. Inclusive and embracing
    • This volunteer is open and fair and encourages diversity in their role
    • This volunteer is welcoming, warm and values everyones contributions
    • This volunteer is a visible and popular part of the community's within which they work
  2. Maximising impact
    • This volunteer makes every penny count and is mindful of the generosity of the public and the time given by other volunteers
    • This volunteer is committed, reliable and “gets the job done’
    • This volunteer is a dedicated supporter of Guide Dogs, their local team, and fellow volunteers
  3. Dedicated to superior quality
    • This volunteer continuously maintains a high standard in their role
    • Others value this volunteer’s expertise
    • This volunteer's work benefits our service users
  4. Passionate and determined
    • This volunteer is inspirational and actively participates and inspires other volunteers
    • This volunteer is willing to speak out against barriers to mobility
    • This volunteer is creative, energetic and willing to try new things
    • This volunteer is adaptable to change for the better of Guide Dogs
  5. Customer focused
    • This volunteer supports blind and partially sighted people to get out and about independently
    • This volunteer puts people who are blind and partially sighted at the heart of everything they do for Guide Dogs
    • This volunteer has gone above and beyond to support someone living with sight loss
  6. Trustworthy
    • This volunteer is always honest and genuine with members of the public and supporters of Guide Dogs
    • This volunteer celebrates Guide Dogs services in an open and positive way
    • This volunteer is trustworthy while having confidence that Guide Dogs make the most of every pound donated
  7. Young volunteer award
    • This award will recognise young people who volunteer their time to Guide Dogs and make a significant contribution to lives of people with sight loss. Young people in this category must be aged 25 years or younger and do not have to be an official volunteer as long as it can be demonstrated they have contributed to our work.
  8. Volunteer newcomer award
    • This award is to recognise volunteers who are within their first year volunteering for Guide Dogs or have committed to a assisting with a specific short term project or goal.

In your nomination below, you will need to tell us in no more than 500 words why you believe your nominee should win in their chosen category.

Staff working on the awards cannot write nominations on your behalf.

Volunteers who have already received a ‘Pat on the Back’ will automatically be put forward for shortlisting.

Once all of the nominations have been received, a panel of judges will shortlist finalists for the eight awards.

The eight winners will be recognised at the local events and their nominations will be entered for consideration in the annual Guide Dogs People Awards.

Those shortlisted for an award will be expected to attend the Guide Dogs Local Awards will be asked to have their photographs taken for publicity purposes. By entering someone for the awards you acknowledge that you understand that nominees will be expected to take part in PR, marketing and publicity.

Nominations close: 12 noon on Friday 6 April.

We will use your personal information, provided below, to process your nomination and communicate with you about the event.

Fields marked with '*' are mandatory.

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Can we help?

If you require assistance in completing the form, or alternative formats please call your local Mobility Team or the Volunteering Office.

If you would prefer to download this form and complete it, please type your answers and email it to us. Unfortunately we cannot accept hand written nominations.