The vital commitment of volunteers to the local community is in the spotlight again with the launch of the Newtownabbey Volunteer Accolades.
This year’s scheme was launched last week in Mossley Mill by the Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman John Scott and Wendy Osborne OBE, Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Now.
Newtownabbey Borough Council hopes that the accolades will help to recognise and reward existing volunteers and recruit new volunteers.
Speaking at the event Wendy Osborne said: “Research has shown that the majority of volunteer involving organisations cannot operate without volunteers yet it is becoming increasingly difficult to sign up new recruits.
“Volunteers are motivated by wanting to improve situations within society and their contribution really makes a difference.
“Volunteer Now aims to enhance recognition for the contribution of volunteers, provide greater access to opportunities and increase the number of people getting involved and I am delighted to support the Volunteer Accolades, to recognise the involvement of local people in their communities.”
Volunteers come from all walks of life and bring energy and commitment to community activities across the local area.
If you know someone who gives up their free time regularly to volunteer and help others in the local community you could nominate them.
There are eight volunteer categories, which cover young people, senior citizens and groups within the borough and also include activities in arts and heritage, sport, good relations and a good neighbour of the year.
The closing date for nominations is 4pm on Wednesday, June 30.
Nomination forms are available from the council offices and leisure centres.
To have one mailed out, telephone 028 9034 0208.
Forms can also be downloaded on the website www.newtownabbey.gov.uk.