Sadly we have had to cancel this year’s awards, but watch this space for other ways to celebrate the amazing acts of kindness we are seeing.

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.

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Award Categories

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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 impact 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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

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.

Click here to see last year’s winner.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this possible

Deloitte NHS England

Frequently asked Questions

Who can nominate?

We welcome nominations from volunteers, volunteer managers, patients, family & friends.

Is this open to the whole of the UK?

Yes, we welcome nominations from across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland

Can I nominate someone who volunteers in the community?

Yes, we welcome nominations for volunteers who work in all areas of our health services, in hospitals, as well as in the community

Will there be a charge for making a nomination?

No, there is no cost for making a nomination​.

If my nomination is shortlisted will I have to pay to attend the ceremony?

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.

How many nominations can I make?

Please only nominate once for each category unless otherwise stated​.

How will I know if the person I have nominated has been shortlisted?

We will contact you via email if your nominee has been shortlisted​.

How many nominees are being shortlisted?

We will be selecting three nominees for each category​​.

How are the categories judged?

A carefully selected judging panel will be going through each entry and choosing the shortlisted ​​nominees and winners.

Will you pay my travel costs?

No, unfortunately we can’t pay for any travel costs associated with attending this event​​

What prizes are on offer?

Each winner will receive a Helpforce Champions trophy at the ceremony.

When and where is the Awards Ceremony taking place?​

The ceremony will take place on Friday 30th October 2020 in central London.

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

Birju Pujara, volunteer at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Trust