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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Volunteer of the Year
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Inspiring individuals help transform our society every day, and voluntary organisations benefit from the time, skills and experience of volunteers in all aspects of our work.

This award recognises a volunteer, supporter or patron (unpaid) who has gone that extra mile and made a significant difference to your organisation, community or cause. We want to hear about a breadth of work carried out over the years, but in particular, we'd like to hear about what made the last year special.

Perhaps your volunteer has brought skills and experience that has helped the organisation to develop in a new area, or they have a long term and trusted mentor relationship with someone your organisation supports. If you want to celebrate their hard work and dedication, we’d love to hear about it.

Judging criteria

Our judges will be looking for the story of why your nominated person is so important for your organisation and wider community. What have they done that made you put them forward for the award, and why was the past year so special.

In your answers and supporting evidence you should try to include:

  • An outline of your volunteer’s involvement with your organisation
  • The story of what made this year special
  • Facts and figures that highlight how their work has made a positive difference
  • Real-life examples of the impact they have had on staff, other volunteers and the wider community, which may include case studies and/or testimonials.

Useful information and key dates

You can save your progress as you go through the application form to avoid losing your information. Once you reach page 3 there will be a 'Save progress' button at the end of each page.

If you would like to review all the questions and criteria for this category before you begin your application, please visit our 'Useful information' page.

Would you like some support to complete your awards application? Please get in touch if you need any help or have any questions about completing your application. We'll be happy to help.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 15 March 2024. The judging panel can’t consider applications received after the deadline so please leave yourself plenty of time to apply.

Application details
Please complete the following details
                Previous applications and awards
                  What year/s and in what category?
                  You have not added any years of previous applications
                          Your application
                          Please answer the following two questions:
                          Why are you nominating this person? Maximum 250 words for text responses OR 2 minutes for a video or audio file
                                What difference have they made? Maximum 250 words for text responses OR 2 minutes for a video or audio file
                                        Supporting evidence web links
                                          I confirm that this work:

                                            As part of our commitment to anti-racist practice, SCVO is collecting data on applications from organisations that are led by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. This information will not be used in the shortlisting or judging process.

                                            Please tell us if your organisation meets both these criteria:

                                            1. 75% or more of the Board of Trustees/ Management Committee self-identify as being from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic community AND
                                            2. 50% of the senior staff self-identify as being from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic community, where staff exist.

                                                Please also include the name and address of one independent person that can verify your entry. This should be someone from outside your organisation who has worked with you or has been impacted by your organisation and work.

                                                        And finally

                                                        We just want to check that you are not a robot.

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