Volunteer of the Year Awards goes digital

Tue, 28 Apr 2020 13:50:00 BST

Times like these show just how important volunteers are. Working with projects that have been cancelled due to COVID19, the Volunteering team at The University of Manchester realised that their annual Volunteer of the Year Awards, which celebrates the actions of students, staff and alumni, might also suffer the same fate. This year, the team have transferred their event online, to continue celebrating the amazing work of volunteers from across the University.

The Volunteer of the Year Awards will for the first time be hosted on the @UoMVolunteering Facebook page. Tune in to see the winners revealed at 1pm on Thursday, 7 May. You can see the full list of this year’s nominees here.

Lindsay Gilbert, Volunteering and Community Engagement Manager said: “There was never any sense of not doing anything, more a case of working out what we could do. I’m incredibly lucky to work in a team that has such a feel-good factor in helping people to make a difference to their communities and, even after the 11 years of the awards, I’m always humbled by the difference people make to the lives of others for no reward other than the satisfaction of helping someone else.”

The winners in each category will also receive the University's Distinguished Achievement Medal for Social Responsibility, which recognises the important contribution that student, staff and alumni volunteers make to the University's strategic ambitions around social responsibility.

The team have also put together volunteering from home opportunities and worked closely to support current efforts around coronavirus, including projects with NHS volunteers and foodbanks. They have also helped students who have taken lead on some incredible volunteering projects, like Olivia-Faye, a final year Materials student who has been sewing scrubs for the NHS.

For more information, visit Celebrating our volunteers