Nominate your Somerset Star Volunteer

Nominations of outstanding volunteers are being sought for this year’s Somerset Star Volunteer Awards.

The County Council-backed awards celebrate individuals and groups, young and old, who volunteer in their communities and have a positive impact on other people’s lives. The closing date for nominations is 29 April.

Working with ‘Somerset You Can Do’ and the local volunteer networks, Somerset County Council is once again throwing its support behind this very special campaign to say a big thank you to all those hardworking volunteers and volunteer groups across the county who play such a vital role.

There will be five winners crowned in total, one from each district area, chosen by the local volunteer network.  Each district will present their ‘Somerset Star’ with their award at events planned to coincide with National Volunteers’ Week, which runs from Wednesday 1 until Sunday 12 June 2016.

District Star nominations will then be put forward to win the prestigious County Star Volunteer, which will be awarded at the Somerset County Council Chairman’s Awards in the autumn.

Nominations are welcome for individuals and volunteer groups from Tuesday 1 March until Friday 29 April 2016. You can nominate a ‘Star Volunteer’ online on the Somerset Celebrating Volunteering website at www.scvolunteering.com or for more information, contact your local Volunteer Centre.

Somerset County Council’s Chairman Christine Lawrence said: “The high calibre of nominees in previous years goes to show that community spirit is alive and well and living in Somerset. In the past we have heard remarkable stories of what people in all walks of life carry out, things that might not otherwise happen without their goodwill. I am expecting this year’s entrants to be even more outstanding, so if there is someone close to you who deserves recognition, please don’t hesitate to nominate them for a Somerset Star Volunteer award.”

Further information on previous years’ winners is also available via the Somerset Celebrating Volunteering website.

If you are a local business or organisation interested in sponsoring an event or one of the awards then please contact your local volunteer centre or Somerset You can Do.

Somerset County Council funds Somerset You Can Do to support its volunteer opportunities. For more information on becoming a volunteer and to find out more about volunteering opportunities in your area, visit https://do-it.org/

Tommy Gill one of the District and overall County Star Volunteer winners for 2015 said: “Winning the award was a great feeling. I felt like I’d achieved something and that people noticed me for doing something good. I met loads of people I wouldn’t normally meet and that was a good experience.”

Bryan Mitchell, from Somerset You can Do, said: “Volunteers do so much to help others and this is a chance to recognise the fantastic work they do. The Somerset Star Volunteer Awards are a great way to recognise the hard work of our residents who do some much for others without asking for anything in return. So make sure you get your nominations in by the end of April.”