Local volunteers can make community organisations stars of the show with a brand new award for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

What makes the annual Valuing Volunteers Award so special is that volunteers are invited to nominate the local group who they think has supported and valued them the most.

Nominations for local groups or organisations by volunteers only, need to be submitted by 13 July. Six shortlisted organisations will then invited to the special event on 3 August where they have the chance of winning an award presented by Cambridgeshire's High Sheriff.

The announcement comes as part of Volunteers' Week 2015, a national campaign which aims to show how volunteers shine for their communities. There are 3000 volunteer opportunities in Cambridgeshire that people can apply for on http://www.do-it.org/.

The award will be launched at the Cambridgeshire Community Fair on Tuesday 2 June at Burgess Hall St Ives organised by rural development charity Cambridgeshire ACRE. The Fair aims to help communities and local groups on a range of issues including volunteering, funding, and how to do more in their own villages and towns. The event is open to everyone to drop in and runs between 3 pm to 9 pm.

The awards are being organised by local Volunteer Centres, supported by Cambridgeshire County Council. The two organisations have also teamed up to celebrate and say thank you to volunteers locally sharing their great work via social media.

For a nomination form, please download one from: http://www.vcaec.org.uk/

Denise Graham, the Chairman of Volunteering Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, said: "This award is special for any community group as it is local volunteers who will decide who wins. There are some amazing community groups across Cambridgeshire who really deserve recognition. If you are passionate about the organisation that you volunteer with, we'd love to receive your nomination."

Diane Lane, Community Engagement Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council, added: "Volunteers' Week is about celebrating the inspiring work volunteers do. Now they have an opportunity to nominate their organisation for this brand new award. As part of Volunteers' Week, we'd also love to hear your volunteer stories, so please share them with us on the Cambridgeshire County Council Facebook page."



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