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Volunteering England's Awards

Volunteering England’s Gold Awards

Volunteering England’s Gold Award is the only national student volunteering award that recognises Achievement, Dedication and Leadership within Further and Higher Education. The Gold Award is a prestigious mark of excellence in student volunteering.

From unsung heroes to those who have defied the odds or shown remarkable leadership, each year the Gold Awards reward the outstanding achievements of student volunteers.

Volunteering England’s Matt Spencer Award

The Matt Spencer Fund was set up in memory of Matt Spencer, who sadly passed away on 26 September 2001 aged just 23 years. Matt epitomised student volunteering - he cared deeply about people, the exploitation and oppression they face, and he passionately challenged it with his lateral approach.

Matt’s family set up a fund in his memory to recognise the work of outstanding student volunteers. The fund intends to award one outstanding student each academic year with an award in the form of an inscribed tankard, a cheque for £100 and a bottle of champagne.

Colleges, universities, students’ unions, volunteer involving organisations and businesses can nominate a volunteer for the Matt Spencer Award.

Nominations for the Matt Spencer Award 2011 are closed.

Volunteering England’s Students In Free Enterprise Community Engagement Award

At the 2010 Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) UK National Competition, Volunteering England hosted an inaugural award for a SIFE UK university demonstrating a strong commitment to community engagement and volunteering.

The criteria for the award:

  1. University staff commitment to their SIFE team (including the support of senior management, academic and support staff, and volunteering/community engagement practitioner support)
  2. University staff person from volunteering/community engagement serving as a University Adviser to the SIFE team
  3. Institutional support and recognition of their SIFE team
  4. Volunteering infrastructure and funding in place
  5. Creative, innovative and effective volunteering programme.

The 2010 Volunteering England Students In Free Enterprise Community Engagement Award was presented to the University of Manchester by Volunteering England’s Chief Executive, Justin Davis Smith. “Thanks to SIFE UK and Volunteering England for honouring us with this, the first-ever Community Engagement Award”, said Dr Martin Henery, Manchester University SIFE team Staff Advisor, who – along with Emma Richardson - accepted the Award on behalf of the University’s then President & Vice Chancellor, the late Professor Alan Gilbert.

The 2011 winner of the award was the University of Leeds. Justin Davis Smith presented the award with the Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Education. Professor Vivien Jones collected the award at the SIFE UK National Competition (held on the 14 April 2011, London) on the University's behalf.

From left to right: Josephine Blundy, Operations Director, SIFE UK; Greg Miller, Deputy Head of Access and Community Engagement, University of Leeds; Andrea Grace Rannard, Head of Infrastructure Development, Volunteering England; Professor Vivien Jones, Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Education, University of Leeds; Jim Ineson, Executive Director, SIFE UK; Dr Sarah Underwood, Director of Learning and Teaching, University of Leeds; Dr Justin David Smith, Chief Executive, Volunteering England; Nick Thomas, Trustee, Volunteering England and Director of Corporate Finance, KPMG.
(From left to right: Josephine Blundy, Operations Director, SIFE UK; Greg Miller, Deputy Head of Access and Community Engagement, University of Leeds; Andrea Grace Rannard, Head of Infrastructure Development, Volunteering England; Professor Vivien Jones, Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Education, University of Leeds; Jim Ineson, Executive Director, SIFE UK; Dr Sarah Underwood, Director of Learning and Teaching, University of Leeds; Dr Justin David Smith, Chief Executive, Volunteering England; Nick Thomas, Trustee, Volunteering England and Director of Corporate Finance, KPMG)

Forty UK Higher Education Institutions are currently involved in SIFE UK. SIFE UK, a not-for-profit registered UK company, is a great way to link student volunteering with business and the community, and help demonstrate the contribution your volunteering provision makes to these stakeholders, the student and the HEI. To find out more details, please visit
www.sifeuk.org


Other Volunteering Awards

Higher Education Academy - Volunteering Awards

The Awards celebrate the diversity of the student learning experience and recognise the outstanding contributions to community volunteering made by students in higher education across the UK.

The Diana Award

Know someone who has made a positive contribution to their community, above and beyond expectation?

Yes? We want to hear from you . . .

The Diana Award recognises amazing work carried out by young people, whether they are volunteers, fundraisers, campaigners, carers or anyone working for the benefit of others. With the Award and our ongoing support young people are spurred on to continue acting as a force for good.

Nominate for one of three schemes:

The Diana Award
Perfect for individuals aged 12-18 who have made a continued, selfless contribution to their community.

The Diana Anti-Bullying Award
An award open to individuals or groups aged 5-18 who have tackled bullying in their schools and communities

The Diana Certificate of Excellence
For groups aged 12-18 working together to make communities a better place to be.

Give them the recognition they deserve – nominate online today at www.diana-award.org.uk

Nomination deadline: 20th May 2011


Funding Opportunities

 

Ideas, enthusiasm and advice can only take a project so far. Below is a list of funding opportunities that are broadly relevant to volunteering in Further and Higher Education.

Biffaward

Provider: The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts
About: Biffaward is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.
Amount Available: Main Awards, of £5,000 to £50,000 for projects that provide and improve community facilities.

Awards For All

Provider: Big Lottery Fund
About: Awards for All is a Lottery grants scheme funding small, local community-based projects in the UK.
Amount Available: Between £300 and £10,000 to fund a specific project or activity.

Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grant

Provider: Heart Research UK
About: Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.
Amount Available: Up to £10,000

SUBWAY® HRUK Healthy Heart Grants

Provider: Heart Research UK
About: Community groups can now apply to Heart Research UK for new SUBWAY®/ HRUK Healthy Heart Grants. Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.
Amount Available: Up to £10,000

SEDA Research and Evaluation Small Grants 2011

SEDA’s Research and Evaluation Small Grants support research and evaluation in staff and educational development with the goal of continued improvement in the quality and understanding of educational development practices.

The grant scheme is an annual one with a submission date in January. The call is released on SEDA's website in the autumn, please see here for details: http://www.seda.ac.uk

Provider: SEDA

Learning and Skills Improvement Service’s Flexibility and Innovation Fund

Provider:Learning and Skills Improvement Service

The Flexibility and Innovation Fund is for Further Education providers. Its main purpose is to promote and support innovative projects that have the potential to yield significant improvements in sector practice or performance.

 

UnLtd Awards

Provider: UnLtd

UnLtd’s Millennium Awards offer practical and financial support to social entrepreneurs in the UK. They currently offer two levels of award.

Level 1: Awards of between £500 and £5000 (expected average of £2,000)

Level 2: Awards of up to £15,000

 

 


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