Dumfries and Galloway’s VOscars 2019 is on its way

The countdown to Dumfries and Galloway VOscars 2019 has officially begun.

Hosted and organised by Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway, the event will once again celebrate the fantastic role and impact that volunteers and voluntary organisations have within the region.

Castle Douglas Town Hall will host the awards on Thursday June 6 and the search now begins for worthy nominees in eight categories – from Portpatrick in the west across to Langholm in the east and everywhere else in between.

So, if you know of someone or an organisation that deserves special recognition please look over the categories below and then, when ready, click on the link to go through the simple task of nominating.

The closing date is 11pm on Sunday May 12. Independent panels will select the final nominees to go forward for the top award.

This year’s VOscars is kindly supported by Solway Print, Dumfries and Galloway Life and The People’s Project with award sponsors The Holywood Trust, Burns Development Trust, Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce, Andersons, Theatre Royal, Loreburn Housing and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The categories and links are:

Individual Categories

Young Volunteer (sponsored by The Holywood Trust) – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3WCLL7P
For young people aged 12-25. This award recognises the unique contribution that young people make by bringing their passion, innovative ideas and vitality to the work of many organisations across Dumfries and Galloway. We are looking for a volunteer who has made a positive difference within your organisation, someone who has gone out of their way to help it succeed.

Adult Volunteer (sponsored by Burns Development Trust) – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3W2GV3L
For adults over 25. This award recognises the unique contribution that volunteers make in their communities. We are looking for a volunteer who is exceptional in their attitude, commitment or impact and shows true dedication to their role and input.

Board Member (sponsored by Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce) – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3W2MNSF
For young people (12-25) and adults. Essential to the smooth running of any voluntary group, board members contribute to their organisations through serving on committees, fundraising, lobbying, campaigning and promoting. We are looking for someone whose commitment is intrinsic to the sustainability and development of the organisation and adds to the third sector as a whole.

Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering (sponsored by Andersons) – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3W2Y3K6
For young people (12-25) and adults. We are looking for someone who is recognised as an outstanding leader or role model while volunteering in any setting. The winner should have demonstrated remarkable dedication and impact through their volunteering, proved an inspiration to others through their contribution and be invaluable to their organisation.

Organisation Categories

Children and Young People (sponsored by Theatre Royal) – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3WYXHVC
We are looking for volunteer involving organisations within Dumfries and Galloway that provide exceptional services to support and help children, young people and their families by providing safe, secure and fun environments to support, educate and develop young people across the region.

Social Enterprise (sponsored by Loreburn Housing) – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3WYSCPZ
We are looking for a group that involves and supports volunteers and is enterprising by generating income for its community or beneficiaries – particularly groups that show creativity and forward thinking to create a more sustainable future for themselves and their community.

Community Group (sponsored by Dumfries and Galloway Council) – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3Q6QMR9
We are looking for a group that makes a real difference in their community. This could be by delivering or co-delivering a service or project; or managing or taking ownership of a local asset to address social and financial barriers – ultimately with the aim of improving the lives of their residents.

Inclusion Award – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3QFKFJS
We are looking for an organisation or individual within our region that is a symbol of promoting and celebrating equality, nurturing diversity and inclusion, and challenging inequalities and barriers, allowing others or themselves to realise their full potential.