About Volunteer Centre Dorset
At Volunteer Centre Dorset, we are passionate about all things volunteering! Whether you are looking for a fulfilling voluntary role, or need volunteers for your organisation, we can help.
We believe that there is a volunteering role for everyone, irrespective of age, background, ability, or health, and we will strive to find the best role that suits you. We love to promote opportunities for all, so you may see us out and about across Dorset inspiring people in our community to get volunteering.
About the project
Every year we hold a Volunteer Awards Evening which celebrates and recognises volunteers across Dorset. Volunteers, selected by their peers, are invited to an evening of celebration which includes a light buffet, local music, and non-alcoholic drinks. We invite V.I.P guests to present prizes including our patron Lady Emma Fellowes, The lord Lieutenant of Dorset, plus others. The event is inspiring and emotional and is a way of recognising the importance of volunteering and how the work of a wide range of individuals support the communities within Dorset. It is hugely important to formally recognise the impact volunteering makes.
Categories for nominations are; Volunteer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year (under 25), Group of the Year, and Community Award for Volunteering (employee Volunteering). All attendees are recognised so we have no single winners as all volunteer are important.
Featured in our video above, is eight-year-old Isla, our youngest nominee to date. She spends her weekends doing beach cleans and going litter picking and has helped to educate her classmates on the importance of looking after our environment. She even took a trip to speak to environment secretary Michael Gove about her volunteering and projects that she wants to initiate. Volunteers like Isla really are one of a kind, so we want to say thank you to them for their hard work and dedication.
In order to make this evening a success, we need to raise £2,000. This will be spent on catering, decorations, venue hire, marketing resources and entertainment.
Catering: In order to cater for 220 people, we will spend around half of our budget (£1,000) on food.
Decorations: This year, we are having the theme ‘Volunteers are Superheroes’, so our decorations are going to be in keeping with this theme. We budget £200 to spend on decorations.
Venue hire: We hire a hall in Dorchester, the cost of which is £350.
Entertainment: The acts and musicians that perform kindly give their time for free. However, we cover their expenses costs, such as travel. Depending on their expenses, we budget in £200.
Marketing resources: The remainder of our budget is spent on various marketing resources such as certificates, programmes, posters, and leaflets.