The Countdown is on to the VOscars 2019

The countdown to Dumfries and Galloway VOscars 2019 has officially begun.

 

 

Hosted and organised by Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway, the event will once again celebrate the fantastic role and impact that volunteers and voluntary organisations have within the region.

Castle Douglas Town Hall will host the awards on Thursday June 6 and the search now begins for worthy nominees from Portpatrick in the west across to Langholm in the east and everywhere else in between.

Eight categories will give special recognition to individuals or groups that have excelled in the last year.

The closing date for nominations is Sunday May 12 at 11pm. Independent panels will then select the final nominees to go forward for the top award.

The categories this year are: individuals - Young Volunteer, Adult Volunteer, Board Member, Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering; organisations – Children and Young People, Social Enterprise, Community Group, and Inclusion Award.

This year’s VOscars is kindly supported by Solway Print, Dumfries and Galloway Life and The People’s Project with award sponsors The Holywood Trust, Burns Development Trust, Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce, Andersons, Theatre Royal, Loreburn Housing, Dumfries and Galloway Council, and Dumfries and Galloway Equalities Partnership.

More on the categories can be found here: http://thirdsectordumgal.org.uk/dumfries-galloway-voscars-2019

The full categories and relevant voting links are:

Individual Categories

Young Volunteer (sponsored by The Holywood Trust)

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3WCLL7P

For young people aged 12-25. 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 a volunteer who has made a positive difference within your organisation, someone who has gone out of their way to help it succeed.

Adult Volunteer (sponsored by Burns Development Trust) –

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3W2GV3L

For adults over 25. This award recognises the unique contribution that volunteers make in their communities. We are looking for a volunteer who is exceptional in their attitude, commitment or impact and shows true dedication to their role and input.

Board Member (sponsored by Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce) –

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3W2MNSF

For young people (12-25) and adults. Essential to the smooth running of any voluntary group, board members contribute to their organisations through serving on committees, fundraising, lobbying, campaigning and promoting. We are looking for someone whose commitment is intrinsic to the sustainability and development of the organisation and adds to the third sector as a whole.

Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering (sponsored by Andersons) –

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3W2Y3K6

For young people (12-25) and adults. We are looking for someone who is recognised as an outstanding leader or role model while volunteering in any setting. The winner should have demonstrated remarkable dedication and impact through their volunteering, proved an inspiration to others through their contribution and be invaluable to their organisation.

Organisation Categories

Children and Young People (sponsored by Theatre Royal) –

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3WYXHVC

We are looking for volunteer involving organisations within Dumfries and Galloway that provide exceptional services to support and help children, young people and their families by providing safe, secure and fun environments to support, educate and develop young people across the region.

Social Enterprise (sponsored by Loreburn Housing) –

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3WYSCPZ

We are looking for a group that involves and supports volunteers and is enterprising by

generating income for its community or beneficiaries – particularly groups that show creativity and forward thinking to create a more sustainable future for themselves and their community.

Community Group (sponsored by Dumfries and Galloway Council) – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3Q6QMR9

We are looking for a group that makes a real difference in their community. This could be by delivering or co-delivering a service or project; or managing or taking ownership of a local asset to address social and financial barriers – ultimately with the aim of improving the lives of their residents.

Inclusion Award (sponsored by Dumfries and Galloway Equalities Partnership) – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3QFKFJS

We are looking for an organisation or individual within our region that is a symbol of promoting and celebrating equality, nurturing diversity and inclusion, and challenging inequalities and barriers, allowing others or themselves to realise their full potential.