Celebrating and recognising volunteers

It’s easy to thank and celebrate a Ramblers volunteer. By recognising the work of Ramblers volunteers they will feel valued and are more likely to keep volunteering or be inspired to start.

Our short guide explains how we recognise volunteers and highlights some fantastic local celebration events we've also published the templates for the commendations and certificates in the volunteer support toolkit

There are two ways to recognise a volunteer locally, through certificates and commendations. 

Certificates recognise people who have given their time knowledge and expertise on behalf of the Ramblers.  For example who have completed a long service or made a notable achievement. Commendations recognise local walking champions – those people that you believe have had a particularly significant impact on behalf of the Ramblers.

Certificates and commendations are produced 3 times a year the next closing application deadline is the 31 May 2017. Once a year a number of the commendation recipients are shortlisted for our national volunteer awards.

The nomination process is really easy. Once you’ve read the guide just go to the nomination form and explain, in a few hundred words, the impact that the nominee has had.  There’s no limit on the number of certificates or commendations – so get nominating today!

Volunteer Awards 2016 

Voting is now closed - we'll announce the winners in the spring.

Our awards recognise special volunteers - or groups of volunteers - for their outstanding contributions to the Ramblers and walking. Whether that’s inspiring people to walk or helping to protect and expand the places we love to walk, they are the real walking heroes.

We had over 90 wonderful nominations and shortlisted 9 nominees across three categories. We'll soon announce our national award winners.