Celebrating volunteer achievements

Mike Slater accepts the Campaigner Award

Mike Slater from the Isle of Wight Ramblers accepts the Campaigner Award from President Kate Ashbrook at the 2013 Awards

Do you know of a Ramblers volunteer, group or area whose achievements deserve celebrating? If you do you can nominate them for our President’s Volunteer Awards, which will be presented at our General Council in March 2014.

After the success of last year’s President’s Volunteer Awards we’re now launching the nomination process for 2014. There are six categories this year which will recognise the work our volunteers do across Britain and we’d like to know who you think should be shortlisted.

The awards cover a range of achievements from protecting the places we love to walk and leading great group walks to making new members and volunteers feel welcome and ensuring the work of the Ramblers is publicised in the local community.

The categories for this year’s President’s Volunteer Awards are:

Protecting Where We Walk Award

This award can go to a group or area to recognise an achievement in protecting the places we walk. This could include playing a pivotal role in a path or access case, a thriving working relationship with a highway authority, a local or national campaign success or representing the Ramblers on countryside or access issues.

Leading Walks Award

This award can go to a group or area to recognise a success relating to the group led walks programme. This could include an increase in members attending our group walks, the variety of a group led walks programme or efforts by walk leaders to create interesting walks.

Running The Ramblers Award

This award can go to an individual or individuals to recognise the volunteers without whom the Ramblers wouldn’t be able to function effectively. This could include committee members, path maintenance team coordinators and group led walks programme coordinators.

Best Individual Achievement Award

This award is to recognise an individual volunteer’s achievement. They might deserve special recognition if they’re retiring from a volunteering role they’ve held for a number of years or if they’re a new volunteer who has introduced new ideas or enthusiasm which have resulted in a success.

Promoting Walking Award

This award can go to a group or area to recognise effort’s to raise the profile of walking and the Ramblers as Britain’s walking charity. This could be local publicity or coverage in the media, or encouraging new people to walk and increasing membership.

Best Team Achievement Award

This award can go to any group of individuals within the Ramblers to recognise a significant team effort. This could be a successful path maintenance team, a unique partnership with another organisation or a joint effort to create a dynamic group led walks programme.

How to make a nomination

Above is just a guide on what to base your nominations on. If there’s something that hasn’t been covered in the descriptions but which you feel deserves celebrating and recognising you can still make a nomination for the award you think is most appropriate.

If you think someone you know, your group or area should be shortlisted for an award you can nominate them using our online nomination form. The deadline for nominations is 16 February 2014. Please concentrate your nominations on events that occurred during the last year.

Once all the nominations are in our President, Kate Ashbrook, will choose three finalists for each award and online voting for the winner in each category will begin on 24 February for four weeks. The winners will be announced during the evening reception at General Council in Liverpool on 29 March 2014.