Calling All Superhero Volunteers!

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Dublin City Volunteer Centre is calling for Nominations for Dublin City’s Best Volunteers

Volunteer Ireland has put out the call for nominations for their ninth annual awards. The Volunteer Ireland Awards are open to volunteers of all ages volunteering in any part of the Republic of Ireland. There are nine different award categories, along with the prestigious Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year award.

Edwina Dewart. Dublin City Volunteer Centre Manager said: “Volunteers are the people on the ground in communities across Dublin City. They teach salsa at the local nursing home. They answer support lines. They sell you your raffle tickets at half time. They pick up litter on the canals. No matter what happens, they are always there. Volunteers are the everyday heroes behind non-profit organisations across the country.”

“Volunteers give up their time selflessly for the benefit of others. They usually stay behind the scenes, never looking for thanks or recognition. These awards give us a chance to shine a light on the extraordinary efforts of volunteers in Ireland and recognise their commitment and dedication. We know there are thousands of fantastic volunteers in Dublin City and we are calling on the public now to take this opportunity to say thank you to their local volunteers, and to nominate an outstanding volunteer they know.”

Anyone can nominate a volunteer, and the nine categories are:

• Arts, Culture and Media
• Animals and Environment
• Campaigning and Awareness Raising
• Children and Young People
• Community
• Emergency & Ambulance Services
• Health and Disability
• Social Work
• Sports and Recreation

Volunteer managers and coordinators, whether paid or unpaid, play a huge role in enabling volunteers. So this year we will also be awarding a special commendation for Volunteer Manager of the Year. Every nominee will receive a special ‘thank you’ card from Volunteer Ireland.

All shortlisted applicants are automatically eligible for the overall award. Nominations close at midnight on Sunday 16th October and can be made online at www.volunteer.ie. The Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year award along with the nine category winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on Wednesday, 7th December in City Hall, Dublin. All shortlisted nominees along with their guests will be invited to the ceremony to enjoy a much-deserved night of celebration.