Nominations for our 2017 National Volunteering Awards are now open

A student volunteer receives and award from our CSO Matthew Reed

Do you know a volunteer or volunteer team who has made outstanding contributions? You can now nominate them for our 2017 National Volunteering Awards.

Simply fill in our nomination form below and send it in to the Volunteering Team by post or email.

All nominations will be reviewed by our specially selected Volunteering Awards Advisory Panel.

Download our nomination form


2016 National Volunteering Awards Winners

Some of our most outstanding volunteers received The Children’s Society’s annual National Volunteering Award in autumn 2016.

This year, 16 exceptional individual volunteers and three amazing committees were selected as winners, and the awards were presented across the country at supporter events, team meetings, social gatherings and our annual roadshows.

We would like to recognise and celebrate our exceptional volunteers, who are true examples of our values bravery, support, trust and ambition and have contributed so much for over 100 years to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people in the country. 

Becky Clarke

Becky is an integral part of the outreach team at Honiton Children’s Centre and volunteers in our Stay and Play and Bumps to Babies group. She was nominated for the exceptional support she offers and for giving a level of commitment above and beyond her role. 

Nikki Thomas

Nikki has supported clients as well as nurtured and supported other volunteer counsellors and the development of service procedures. She began counselling with us as part of her placement hours and upon completing her qualification chose to continue volunteering in a cluster of children’s centres.

Steve Stubbing

Steve has volunteered at Waves for over 11 years, providing an exceptional level of support to his team, including assisting with training for new volunteers to share his in-depth knowledge of housing-related issues.

Carol Sampson

Carol has had many different roles with our charity for over 17 years. She is the driving force behind all activity at her local church, through which £42,000 has been raised since 1984, and often organises original events with new ways to raise money. 

Helena Kraweckyi

As a Volunteer Mentor with the Rochdale Missing from Home Service, Helena is a strong example of our value of being supportive. Her commitment and understanding of her role has enabled and empowered her mentee to make a positive difference in their life.

Doris Moult

Doris has supported The Children's Society for over 50 years. She helped plan, organise and operate an annual pop up shop and became a volunteer at the Middleton shop when it opened. Doris shows commitment to The Children's Society in her words, deeds and actions and is a great example of our values.

Caroline Dean

Caroline demonstrates our values of being trusted and supportive, having dealt with many confidential and complex issues at the Newcastle SMART Project. She has received excellent feedback from her team and from service users.

Caroline Burden

As a volunteer at the Newcastle SMART project, Caroline suggested changes to the service which have become a significant and successful part of the project. She demonstrates the society’s values of supportiveness through her outstanding support to service users and the rest of her team.

Maya Ghazal

Maya is a young refugee from Syria and a true champion of The Children’s Society, having previously used one of our services. As an excellent example of our values of being brave and ambitious, Maya now speaks of her experiences to give hope to others and to inspire others to help children and young people.

Susan Price

Susan has supported us for 50 years as a Diocesan President, Speaker and Fundraising Committee Member, including 50 years of collections raising £2k each year. She was also a founding member of the Bewdley Appeals Committee, which she created with her husband 50 years ago.

Melissa Lewis

Melissa has been involved in almost all projects in the West Midlands, including MYPlace, Streetwise and Pause. She has shown consistent commitment above and beyond what is expected by getting involved in so many different ways and by putting together autism awareness training and creating and delivering parent support training.

Tom O'Toole 

An Independent Visitor who has provided excellent support to the young people he has been matched with and has co-delivered training in Birmingham to new joiners, Tom is supportive to his team and has also taken part in local Speaker events to raise awareness and support for The Children’s Society. 

Birmingham University Raising and Giving Committee

Students from Birmingham University, with the support of the RAG team (Carnival RAG) raised an incredible £46,803.53 for the organisation in this year alone through their Everest Base Camp Trek and a skydive. They also hosted the Hidden From View exhibition to spread awareness about young carers.

Roy Smart 

Roy was a passionate and dedicated supporter of The Society for many years and sadly passed away in October 2016. As a volunteer Speaker for the past 28 years, he was an ambassador for all that we stand for, giving 15 to 18 talks per year. At age 74 he undertook a sponsored bus ride from Durham to Edward Rudolf House on local transport, raising £1,400.

Dave Farris

Dave has been supporting The Society for 27 years. He is a gifted speaker who speaks from the heart giving inspiring and creative talks, supports our Regional Fundraising Managers and has supported training new speakers.

Sanderstead Committee

The Sanderstead Committee has been running events and supporting The Children’s Society for over 30 years, during which time they have raised nearly £150,000 for the organisation. The members of the committee continue to inspire the people who attend their events, using initiative, creativity and innovation in undertaking their activities.

Wendy Reid

Wendy has served the Chalfont St Peter Committee for 37 years and shown exceptional commitment by twice taking on the role as chair. Many of the committee’s key fundraising events were instigated under Wendy’s leadership and she remains lead organiser for many events today.

Berkhamsted Committee

Nominated for their commitment beyond what is expected through their events and activities, the Berkhamsted Committee have organised an annual walk in aid of The Children’s Society for 48 years. During this period they have raised over £300,000. This is one of our longest standing annual supporter led events equal in age to our own Christingle.

Marilyn Brown

Marilyn began supporting us in 1986 when she joined the local fundraising committee in Epsom. She still sits on the Epsom and Ewell Support Group and regularly supports our campaigns, having been described by her nominator as 'The face of The Children's Society around Epsom and Ewell'.