Wednesday, 13 November 2013

vInspired national awards seek nominations of young volunteers (aged 11-25) and youth workers

Dear Mr Jones, Now in its fifth year, the vInspired national awards, in association with RBS Early Careers, is giving local people in your consistency the opportunity to nominate young volunteers (aged 11-25) and youth workers who are making positive strides in their communities.

We know there are a huge number of young volunteers making a real difference to your community and we want to make sure their achievements receive the recognition they deserve.

We now have a new category for Social Entrepreneurs – to reward young people who have set up innovative enterprises to tackle social problems in their communities.

Please help us to spread the word about the nominations to your constituents through your website, newsletters, Facebook and Twitter. A press release is attached for you to use, and include your own quote.

The awards ceremony will be held in March next year, where we will be rewarding the fantastic achievements of young volunteers, with celebrity presenters and great performances from some of the biggest British stars. In previous years the awards have been backed by all three major political party leaders and HRH Prince William.

For more information visit http://vinspired.com/about/vinspirednationalawards. Nominations are free and close on 24 November 2013.

Kind regards
Ornella Nsio

Youth Involvement and Policy Intern
020 7960 7022

vInspired is based at
5th Floor Dean Bradley House, 52 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AF
Tel 020 7960 7000 Fax 020 7960 7099
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vInspired is on the hunt to find the most outstanding young volunteers across the country

Nominations for the annual vInspired National Awards are now open

11 November 2013, Youth volunteering charity vInspired has launched nominations for its annual vInspired National Awards.  
Now in its 5th year, the vInspired National Awards, in association with RBS Early Careers, are the biggest of their kind, celebrating the achievements and dedication of young volunteers and the youth workers who support them.

This year, to acknowledge the rise of young entrepreneurs and the vInspired has added a new award for the “Most Outstanding Social Entrepreneur”. The categories are:

·         Best Young Volunteer
·         All Round Commitment to Volunteering
·         Bringing Communities Together
·         Team Activity
·         Outstanding Contribution by a Youth Worker
·         Most Outstanding NCS Team
·         Most Outstanding Social Entrepreneur

Winners will be rewarded with a star-studded awards ceremony, held at the Indig02 in London on 27th March next year, with performances from some of the best music talent. Past celebrity attendees have included Tinchy Stryder and The Saturdays as well as youth icons such as Katie Piper.

Terry Ryall, CEO of vInspired said, “We have seen some truly amazing nominations in past years and are always proud to put on a tear jerking, eye-opening award ceremony celebrating the great things that young volunteers up and down the country are doing in their community.
“So please think about the young people who inspire you, who give their time energy and passion to good causes in your community.  Or who have overcome a tough time themselves, and still want to help others.  They deserve a celebration, so tell us all about them so we can give them the party of a lifetime!”
Best Young Volunteer 2013, Amy May Knowles said: “It was such an honour to be named a national finalist for the vInspired National Awards last year. I don’t volunteer for recognition, but it’s great to know that people appreciate what I do. Volunteering has given me loads more confidence and really helped me to improve my public speaking and it’s brilliant that these awards not only celebrate the benefits of volunteering but also inspire young people to volunteer and make a difference in their communities.”

Katie Llewellyn-Cripps, RBS Early Careers and Campus Marketing, said, “As part of our Early Careers scheme we are committed to celebrating the outstanding achievements of young volunteers and supporting young people on their journey through education into employment. Volunteering is extremely important because it gives young people so many transferable skills for the working world that they might not learn through education, as well as the confidence to thrive in a competitive environment. We’re proud to partner with vInspired on the National Awards and look forward to seeing the great work that volunteers across the country are doing.”
Nominations are free and open to anyone in England.
·         Seven regional winners will be recognised in each English region
·         Three national finalists will be selected from the regional winners, with the overall winner in each category to be announced at the vInspired National Awards ceremony
·         All regional winners will be invited to the star-studded event at the Indig02 Arena in London, March 27, 2013 

For more information or to nominate someone who inspires you, visit: www.vinspired.com/nationalawards.

Nominations close on the 24th November 2013.

Notes:
·         vInspired helps young people to improve their skills, confidence and employability by giving them opportunities to do good things through volunteering and social action. It provides a range of online and off-line programmes to suit every young person – regardless of their commitments, interests and abilities. It makes volunteering fun, rewarding and easy!
·         For more information on the awards please contact: Georgia.powell@vinspired.com 020 7960 7075 / janqui.mehta@vinspired.com  020 7960 7072