Nominations are now closed

Join us at Morningside Arena on 5 November 2019 to celebrate the stars of the local voluntary sector

We need your help to celebrate the wonderful contribution that charities make to our communities in Leicester and Leicestershire. In November we will be hosting our first Voluntary Sector Awards, and we want you to nominate the individuals and voluntary organisations that have made a difference in 2019.

All you need to do is nominate a person or organisation that you think deserves recognition. VAL will shortlist the nominees in the appropriate category and a panel of judges will choose the winners.

Nominations close at midnight on Wednesday 9 October 2019

Award categories

Find out more about each award category

  • City Small Charity of the Year

    Small charities (charities with an annual income of less than £100,000) make up 79% of registered charities in Leicester and Leicestershire. This award is to recognise those smaller charities, many of which get very little recognition, which are based in, and deliver services in, Leicester city.

    Criteria

    • Must have an annual income of less than £100,000 (based on the NCVO definition of a ‘small charity’)
    • Must be based within and deliver services within the City of Leicester
  • City Charity of the Year

    There are over 450 medium or larger charities (charities with an annual income of over £100,000) in Leicester and Leicestershire. This award is to recognise those groups based in and delivering services in Leicester city, and the fantastic work they do to improve our inner-city communities.

    Criteria

    • Must have an annual income of £100,000 or more
    • Must be based within and deliver services within the City of Leicester
  • County Small Charity of the Year

    Small charities (charities with an annual income of less than £100,000) make up 79% of registered charities in Leicester and Leicestershire. This award is to recognise those smaller charities, many of which get very little recognition, which are based in and deliver services in Leicestershire.

    Criteria

    • Must have an annual income of less than £100,000 (based on the NCVO definition of a ‘small charity’)
    • Must be based within and deliver services within the Leicestershire area (Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby & Wigston districts)
  • County Charity of the Year

    There are over 450 medium or larger charities (charities with an annual income of over £100,000) in Leicester and Leicestershire. This award is to recognise those groups based in and delivering services in Leicestershire, and the fantastic work they do to improve our rural and county communities.

    Criteria

    • Must have an annual income of £100,000 or more
    • Must be based within and deliver services within the Leicestershire area (Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby & Wigston districts)
  • Trustee of the Year

    Trustees are volunteers who give up their own time to guide the administration and governance of charities. Even though they’re not paid, Trustees take on a lot of personal and legal responsibility. We want to recognise those individuals who help to keep our voluntary sector running smoothly and responsibly.

    Criteria

    • Must be a trustee of a charity based in Leicester or Leicestershire (Leicester city, Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby & Wigston districts)
    • Must have been a trustee Since 1 Jan 2019
    • Must be registered as a trustee on the Charity Commission database
  • Volunteer-Led Organisation of the Year

    Not all community groups are able to secure or generate enough funding to pay staff. Many rely heavily, or sometimes entirely, on volunteers to deliver services. This award is for those charities whose selfless work in our local communities often goes completely unrecognised.

    Criteria

    • Must have a minimal number of paid staff, with the majority of staff being volunteers
    • Must be based in, or deliver services in, the Leicester or Leicestershire areas (Leicester city, Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby & Wigston districts)
  • Volunteer of the Year

    Volunteers selflessly give up their own time to help others. Though most volunteers offer their time with no expectations of rewards, we want to recognise those extra-special individuals who have gone above and beyond to help their local communities.

    Criteria

    • Must have volunteered in 2019
    • Must have volunteered for an organisation based in Leicester or Leicestershire (Leicester city, Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby & Wigston districts)
  • Social Enterprise of the Year

    An organisation doesn’t have to be a ‘traditional’ charity in order to give something back. A social enterprise is a business which invests the majority of its profits into social good within the community, but it can also be the trading arm of a charity. This award recognises those socially conscious businesses who combine selling products and services with supporting the community.

    Criteria

    • Organisation must meet the broad definition of a social enterprise
    • Must be based in Leicester or Leicestershire (Leicester city, Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby & Wigston districts)
  • Voluntary Sector Ally of the Year

    The voluntary and community sector doesn’t exist in isolation – charities rely on support from, and partnerships with, the public and private sectors as well as individual ‘champions’. This award is to recognise an organisation or individual from outside of the voluntary sector who has supported local charities and community groups to deliver social good in 2019.

    Criteria

    • Can be an individual or an organisation
    • Must not be part of the voluntary sector
    • Must be based in Leicester or Leicestershire (Leicester city, Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby & Wigston districts)
  • Lifetime Achievement award

    VAL has been around for over 50 years – this special award is chosen by us to recognise an organisation or individual that we feel has had a significant impact on our voluntary sector. It’s a way for us to say a personal thanks to someone we feel has made a particularly important contribution to our local communities.

  • Overall Charity of the Year

    The winner of this award will be chosen by our judges from the winners of the other Charity of the Year categories.

Terms and conditions

  1. Nominations will only be accepted until midnight on 9 October 2019. VAL reserves the right to change this date.
  2. Nominees will be sorted into the relevant categories by VAL based on the information provided on this page. VAL’s decision on which category a nominee falls into will be final.
  3. Nominated organisations will be asked to provide additional information, which will be given to judges in order to be scored against.
  4. VAL may contact anyone who provides a nomination to ask for more information about the nominee.
  5. VAL reserves the right to have the final say on which nominations will be passed forward to the judging panel and on the award winners.
  6. Current VAL staff and volunteers will not be eligible to receive awards.
  7. Nominees will be asked if they want to be a part of the awards. If nominees do not agree to participate, or do not return the information for the judging panel, they will not be progressed to the judging stage.