Here’s to the amazing volunteers that make a difference – it’s time to celebrate them.
The moment we've all been waiting for, the Helpforce Champions Awards 2020 are now open for nominations!
Mark Lever, CEO Helpforce
When it comes to volunteers in the NHS “Thank you” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Which is why we want to shout from the rooftops about the amazing work volunteers in our NHS do every single day. With your help, we can shine a light on those dedicated and caring individuals who give their time and talents to help staff and support patients, families and carers.
The Helpforce Champions Awards, kindly sponsored by Deloitte and supported by NHS England, are your opportunity to celebrate and share the invaluable contributions made by volunteers across the UK.
Our Helpforce Champions Awards recognise volunteers in eight categories to find examples of people trying something new, bringing about positive change and setting new levels of excellence.
Outstanding Volunteering Team of the Year
This award recognises excellent teamwork and combined contribution by three or more volunteers working together. If you know a dynamic team who prove that more hands are better than one, tell us about their outstanding teamwork. The group may have worked on an event or project, and have achieved significant success as a team.
Young Volunteer of the Year
This award celebrates the contribution young people can make to staff and patients, and the value they bring. We are looking for examples of young volunteers who are leading the way for their generation. The ones who have made a big difference in the lives of the people they are supporting as well as to their own lives.
Volunteer of the Year
This award celebrates a truly exceptional individual who has gone above and beyond expectations in their volunteering role during the year. Tell us about a volunteer whose dedication, thoughtfulness, energy and care have made a lasting impact on the experience of staff, patients, or both.
Outstanding Staff Champion for Volunteers
To celebrate the international year of the nurse, this award will go to a supportive nurse in the NHS, who has championed and embraced volunteers, and has gone the extra mile to recognise the positive volunteers make. In line with the engagement work we are doing through the Helpforce Burdett Clinical Collaborative, we are looking for examples of clinical leaders who have supported volunteers by developing a positive and inclusive environment in which volunteers can thrive, or for examples of support for individuals making the leap from volunteer to a career in health and care.
Volunteer Leader of the Year
This award recognises the commitment and dedication of an outstanding NHS staff member who leads volunteers or has core responsibility for managing or coordinating volunteering at an NHS trust. We want to see examples of leaders who have innovated systems and services to bring about positive transformation for volunteer support staff, patients, and the volunteers themselves.
Partnership working in volunteering
This award recognises the importance and value of bringing NHS volunteers together with other organisations in hospitals and the wider community. We want to see examples of how partnership working increases the value of the volunteer roles and the experience of staff and patients.
Innovation in Volunteering Award
This award recognises the contributions and achievements of an innovative idea or scheme involving volunteers that have made a significant contribution to the staff and patients in a hospital. You can nominate an individual or a team for this award.
Celebrating inclusion and diversity in volunteering
This award celebrates successful approaches to inclusion; projects or schemes that positively promote ethnicity, disability, refugees, the homeless, or carers for example, within their volunteering strategy. We want to see examples of how an inclusive approach has brought benefits to volunteer, staff, patients and the wider community beyond.
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Frequently asked Questions
We welcome nominations from volunteers, volunteer managers, patients, family & friends.
Yes, we welcome nominations from across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
Yes, we welcome nominations for volunteers who work in all areas of our health services, in hospitals, as well as in the community
No, there is no cost for making a nomination.
Those who are shortlisted for the awards will only need to cover their travel expenses, the ceremony and lunch is free thanks to our kind sponsors Deloitte.
Please only nominate once for each category unless otherwise stated.
We will contact you via email if your nominee has been shortlisted.
We will be selecting three nominees for each category.
A carefully selected judging panel will be going through each entry and choosing the shortlisted nominees and winners.
No, unfortunately we can’t pay for any travel costs associated with attending this event
Each winner will receive a Helpforce Champions trophy at the ceremony.
The ceremony will take place in autumn 2020. As soon as we have confirmed the date and venue we will let you know.
Volunteering is humbling. It brings you back down to earth, and it has definitely taught me the value of patience, something I see from the staff in everything they do. I’m now always encouraging my mates to give a few hours a week to their local hospital too.
Birju Pujara, volunteer at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Trust