Everyday heroes

We think Macmillan volunteers are awesome. They’re positive, they’re inspiring, they make good things happen and, quite simply, they improve people’s lives day after day. If you know an outstanding volunteer who deserves some recognition, why not make sure they get it by nominating them for a 2019 Macmillan Volunteer Award?

Our Volunteer Awards celebrate our volunteers across the UK and offer the chance to say a huge thank you for the time, care, expertise and commitment they so generously give.  Anyone can submit a nomination, so if you think a fellow volunteer has a story that deserves be told, we want to hear it.

It doesn’t matter what field someone volunteers in or what their background is. The chances are, if their contribution feels special to you, it will feel special to us too, so do put in a nomination. What’s more, because nominations are assessed at regional as well as national level, there are lots of opportunities for your nominee to receive the praise they deserve.

Awards for volunteers judged by volunteers

Once nominations have been submitted, they are reviewed by our nine volunteer-led regional awards panels. Sonia (pictured), a Macmillan volunteer of 16 years and a member of the regional panel for the Midlands, explains how the process works.

‘We all read through the nominations on our own, and then we come together and sit down around a table for a day to thrash it out and choose the winners,’ she says. 

‘The panels are really diverse. The volunteers sitting on them have different volunteering experiences, are different ages and come from different walks of life. This means we can draw on a varied range of perspectives when it comes to reviewing the submissions. Every nomination moves us. It’s all about how meaningful someone’s story is, not the size of their contribution.’

Volunteers who win a regional award will be celebrated at a fabulous regional recognition event. After that, our national award panel, which is also volunteer led, will consider these incredible individuals for a national award. These winners will go on to be honoured at an amazing and emotional ceremony which takes place during our annual Volunteer Conference.

Our awards are special as they are the result of volunteers nominating fellow unsung heroes

Julia Palca, Macmillan Chairman

Uplifting stories

It’s thanks to the incredible nominations we receive for our Volunteer Awards that we are able to shine a light on some astonishing achievements from some extraordinary individuals. Take Grace Smith from Chorley, for example. This selfless nine-year-old raised over £1,400 for Macmillan by arranging and hosting an incredible tea party for her community in memory of her great uncle. Since then she has been coming up with a range of innovative fundraising ideas and, as a result of the continued impact she makes, Grace won the Young Macmillan Champion Award for 2018. 

We don’t know whose stories we’ll get to hear as part of next year’s Awards, but we do know that it could definitely be one of your fellow volunteers if you decide to put them forward. If you want to give a volunteer you know the recognition they deserve, head over to our Volunteer Awards page and discover how you can submit your nomination.

Grace - The Young Macmillan Champion award winner