Search for unsung heroes launched
Archived press release
Date Published: 11/02/09
Last year's joint winners of the award, Bob Still (left) and Dave Garrard (right), receive their certificates
Aylesbury Vale District Council has launched its annual search for the district’s unsung heroes.
The council’s prestigious Volunteer of the Year award aims to recognise individuals who have given their time and energy, on a voluntary basis, to benefit their local community.
The award scheme, now in its 10th year, is open to anyone who lives or works in Aylesbury Vale. Nominees don’t have to be well-known or involved in major events, just as long as their efforts benefit local people.
AVDC is asking people to nominate anyone they feel fits the criteria and deserves recognition. Anyone can get involved, from teachers to neighbours, from community workers to residents – you don’t have to be part of a voluntary group to nominate someone.
A panel of councillors will meet in the spring to determine who receives the award and a ceremony will be held later this year to honour the winner.
Last year’s joint winners of the award were Bob Still for his work with Whitchurch and Oving youth club and Dave Garrard for his dedication as a football coach in Stewkley.
Councillor Pam Pearce, Cabinet Member for Community Matters, said: “So many people give their own time to help others through volunteering in the community, and this award scheme aims to give their achievements the recognition they deserve. This council is committed to raising the profile of volunteers and celebrating their good work across the district, so I would urge any residents who know somebody who they feel makes a real difference to the community and would like to take this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to put their name forward for this award.”
The closing date for nominations is 31 March. Nomination forms are available in AVDC council offices and leaflet stands around the district.
For more information about the award, or to request a nomination form, please contact Alice Fisher on 01296 585041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org