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Only a few weeks left to nominate your local Volunteers

The recent Queen’s Birthday honours list was a distinguished list of local heroes and national figures. Now is your chance to acknowledge those among us who keep our society ticking.

In other words - volunteers – the one in four Australians who serve the community for no financial gain or personal acclaim.

While some of Australia’s rewards systems might seem out of step with Australia’s egalitarian ethos – there is an awards program that does recognise and honour those amongst us who serve a higher purpose: The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards is now in its 11th year and throughout that time it has upheld and provided a public platform to recognise the endeavours of thousands of ‘ordinary’ – and frankly not so ordinary, volunteers amongst us.

“Everyone who is nominated gets to have their moment in the spotlight where their efforts are recognised with a certificate and in the company of other volunteers and community representatives,” said Gemma Rygate, the CEO of the Centre for Volunteering.

“But they won’t be standing there if somebody doesn’t nominate them. Look around your community, your club, your school, hospital, sporting group – we are surrounded by inspiring volunteers.

“Don’t overlook individuals who help others outside of formal volunteering organisations – they may not even consider themselves a volunteer – but if they are doing something for another person beyond their immediate family, then they are indeed a true volunteer and very worthy of recognition,” Ms Rygate said.

Last year more than 100,000 people were recognised for their volunteering efforts in the Volunteer of the Year Awards and this year The Centre for Volunteering looks forward to receiving more nominations from grateful communities, organisations and individuals.

The deadline for nominations is Friday July 14. Nominations for Volunteer of the Year can be made online at

There are 7 award categories

Young (24 years and under)
Adult (25 to 64)
Senior (65+)
Corporate Volunteer (Individual)
Corporate Volunteer Team
Volunteer Team
Excellence in Volunteer Management

For more information about more about the 2017 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards and last year’s winners, go to


Nominations open for NSW Volunteer Of The Year

Nominations are now open for the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Do you know someone special in your community that has contributed their free time to local community groups, charities or organisations or individuals? Do they have a special story, or do you just want to celebrate their achievements?

There are regional ceremonies and winners all over NSW, then a state final - so lots of opportunities for your favourite Volunteer to be recognised.

Run by the Centre For Volunteering, NSW peak body for Volunteering services and supported by the State Government - this is THE awards to be a part of.

In 2017, there are 7 categories of awards:

Young- 24 years and under
Adult – 25 to 64 years
Senior – 65 years +
Volunteer Team
Excellence in Volunteer Management
Corporate Volunteer (Individual)
Corporate Volunteer Team

The winners of Youth, Adult and Senior categories will be eligible for the award of Volunteer of the Year.

You can submit your nominations online at


You can find other states and territories via the following link.

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