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2018 is the Year of Young People and we’re celebrating this by showcasing some of the talent within our region. We’re also changing our format in response to comments we’ve received. This year we’re having a two-tier approach. We’ll be presenting locality awards for each category, the winners of which will be invited to our VOSCARs (D&G) 2018 event where the regional winners will be announced.

The VOSCARs (D&G) 2018 will recognise outstanding volunteers within the Dumfries and Galloway area. Please note individuals, groups or people using the group must be based in the Dumfries and Galloway region.

Your nomination must give a brief outline of the volunteer’s role and what they have achieved through their volunteering. Please highlight what makes them stand out from other volunteers i.e. what makes their contribution, commitment or achievements exceptional? What difference have they have made to your organisation, your service users, the local community? You may include quotes from service users/volunteers/staff.

 

All nominations close on 4th May 2018

Individual

Nomination for Community Spirit Award 2018 

Sponsored by: Dumfries and Galloway Council 

Community Spirit (adults over 25) – This Award recognises the unique contribution that volunteers make in their communities.  Volunteers who give their time freely and bring their enthusiasm, fresh ideas and energy to the work of lots of organisations across our region.  Although the nominated volunteers could be volunteering in any setting, we’re looking for volunteers who are exceptional in their attitude, commitment or impact.

 


Nomination for Board Member Award 2018

Sponsored by: Solway Print Services  

Board Member (adults over 25) – Essential to the smooth running of any voluntary group, board members contribute to their organisations through serving on committees, fundraising, lobbying, campaigning and promoting.  The commitment these volunteers undertake is intrinsic to the sustainability and development of organisations and the Third Sector as a whole.


Nomination for New Young Volunteer of the Year Award 2018

Sponsored by: Stewartry Health and Social Care 

New Young Volunteer of the Year (under 25) – To recognise a first time volunteer who has already made an impact within their organisation, community or locality. This volunteer will have been part of their community group for less than a year but will already have exceeded expectations or made an outstanding contribution to their organisation.


Nomination for Young Community Champion Award 2018

Sponsored by: The Holywood Trust 

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 nominations for a volunteer you feel has gone the extra mile to make a difference within their organisation, an individual who is recognised as an outstanding leader or role model or who has overcome significant barriers or constraints and flourished within their volunteering role.

Although the nominated volunteers could be volunteering in any setting, we’re looking for volunteers who are exceptional in their attitude, commitment or impact.


Nomination for Participation in Culture or Sport Award 2018

Sponsored by: Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazine 

Participation in Culture or Sport (under 25) – we are looking to recognise individuals who may be involved in any voluntary visual art, performing art, creative art or any sport or sports group. Someone who leads by example and inspires other young people to fulfill their potential and have the confidence to aim high.


Nomination For Equalities Volunteer Award 2018

Sponsored by: Dumfries and Galloway Equalities Partnership 

This award celebrates the contribution that volunteers make towards increasing equality for everyone in Dumfries & Galloway.  We know that many volunteers are involved in activities that help to build D&G as a region where diversity is respected, valued and  everyone feels safe and included.  We’d like to hear about those whose volunteering work makes a real difference in raising awareness, challenging stereotypes and changing culture for the better.


Nomination for Young Board Member Award 2018

Sponsored by: Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce 

Young Board Member (under 25) – Essential to the smooth running of any voluntary group, board members contribute to their organisations through serving on committees, fundraising, lobbying, campaigning and promoting.  The commitment these volunteers undertake is intrinsic to the sustainability and development of organisations and the third sector as a whole.


Nomination for New Volunteer of the Year

Sponsored by: Lowland Training 

New Volunteer of the Year (adults over 25) – To recognise a new volunteer who has already made an impact in an organisation within their community or across Dumfries and Galloway.  This volunteer will have been part of their community group for a year or less, but will have made an outstanding contribution to their organisation.


Organisation

Nomination for Children and Young People Award 2018

Sponsored by:  TBC 

Children and Young People – Growing Their Future
Many volunteer organisations within Dumfries and Galloway provide exceptional services to support and help children, young people and their families by providing safe, secure and fun environments to help support, educate and develop young people across the region.


Nomination for Culture and Heritage Award 2018

Sponsored by:  The Theatre Royal 

Culture and Heritage – This award recognises the dedication of heritage groups, artists groups and performing arts groups who give up their spare time to encourage groups or individuals to be involved with the culture and heritage of their region.
Dumfries & Galloway is as diverse as it is beautiful, we are looking for nominations for groups who embrace the diversity and beauty of our region.


Nomination for Community Group Award 2018

Sponsored by: Loreburn Housing Association 

Community Group – Do you know a group whose actions are making a real difference in your local community and are helping to change things where you are?  Maybe they’ve been working on a particular project, or have been fundraising for a great cause which makes a difference to improving life in the community. These groups will probably be unincorporated associations – people who have come together to tackle a local issue or need they have identified.

 


Nomination for Enterprising and Innovative Award 2018

Sponsored by: The People’s Project 

Enterprising and Innovative – We are looking for a group that involves and supports volunteers and are enterprising by generating income and improving the local economy.  This could be groups that show creativity and forward thinking to create a more sustainable future for their community.
Dumfries & Galloway is as diverse as it is beautiful, we are looking for nominations for groups who embrace the diversity and beauty of our region.


Nomination for Community Resilience Organisation 2018

Sponsored by: Dumfries and Galloway Council 

Community resilience is a measure of the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations. This award recognises outstanding performance of a third sector organisation in developing a robust community resilience plan and/or responding to an emergency situation to safeguard the citizens in their area.
Nominations should include the following:

  • Description of the organisation, what it does and what makes it outstanding
  • How has the organisation developed it’s community resilience plan and involved volunteers in the planning and/or response to an emergency situation as appropriate
  • How does the organisation contribute  to the safety and security of the communities in Dumfries and Galloway.

Nomination for Health, Wellbeing and Sport Award 2018

Sponsored by: Wigtownshire Health and Wellbeing Partnership 

Health, Wellbeing and Sport – Very important within our region are those groups who offer their support, advice and services to ensure the continued wellbeing of the people and communities of Dumfries & Galloway. We invite nominations for groups who make a difference to the lives of others through inclusion and participation.

All nominations close on 4th May 2018