People across Portsmouth are being asked to nominate inspirational individuals and groups for the Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2017.
The awards recognise volunteers who make a real difference to their area or the lives of others.
Organised by Portsmouth Together and Pompey in the Community, the awards are funded through support from local businesses and nominations are open until Sunday 26 March 2017.
Organisations and individuals can be nominated in the following award categories:
- Environment & Conservation supported by Snows BMW
- My Community supported by The Southern Co-operative
- Arts, Culture and Heritage supported by IBM UK
- Community Sport supported by Colas
- Health and Wellbeing supported by ValueYou
- Education and Mentoring supported by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
Each category contains an individual and a team award.
Up to three nominees will be shortlisted for each award by a panel of judges made up of representatives from the Portsmouth Voluntary and Community Network and the award sponsors.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Fratton Park on Tuesday 6th June, during Volunteers' Week 2017. Every volunteer or volunteering team nominated will receive a 'Thank You' certificate signed by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth.
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr David Fuller, said: "The awards are our chance to celebrate not only the excellence of volunteers, but the amazing things we can accomplish when we work together to make Portsmouth the best city it can be. The judges will be looking for volunteers who have shown outstanding enthusiasm and commitment, who have given exceptional service or contributed particular depth of experience, or who have achieved great impact through their volunteering."
Clare Martin, Pompey in the Community's Director of Community Projects, said: "Volunteers form an integral part of any community organisation and Pompey in the Community is no different - without our volunteers we wouldn't be able to deliver programmes that have such an impact on the city and surrounding areas. We are pleased to again be part of the Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteers Awards".
Nominations can be registered online by visiting the Portsmouth Together website or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Portsmouth Together website also includes details of last year's award winners for anyone wanting to see the calibre of volunteers in the city.
Portsmouth Together is a city-wide partnership that seeks to promote a culture of volunteering and in so doing, extend and celebrate volunteering across the city.