People from across NSW are being urged to help shine a light on the invaluable contribution of the state’s volunteers by taking part in one of the largest volunteer recognition programs across the country.

Nominations for the 2021 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards are now open across eight separate categories, culminating in the announcement of the NSW Volunteer of the Year at the end of the year.

The awards are an annual program run by The Centre for Volunteering to recognise the outstanding work of volunteers in every region across NSW.

Last year more than 118,000 volunteers from more than 500 community-based organisations were recognised as part of the awards.

The Centre for Volunteering CEO Gemma Rygate said the awards were a way to thank, recognize and celebrate the efforts of the state’s 2.4 million volunteers.

“It’s National Volunteer Week and so it’s the best time to say thank you to people who volunteer their time in communities right across NSW,” Ms Rygate said.
 
“Volunteers are the life blood of our communities. We turn to them when we need support, and they are always there ready to help.”
 
The awards are in their 15th year and will include an additional award category of NSW Club Volunteer of the Year. The award categories are:

Young Volunteer of the YearCorporate Volunteer of the Year (Individual)
Adult Volunteer of the YearCorporate Volunteer of the Year (team)
Senior Volunteer of the YearExcellence in Volunteer Management
Volunteer Team of the YearClub Volunteer of the Year

The 2021 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards are supported by principal partners the NSW Department of Communities and Justice and ClubsNSW, which represents the state’s 1,200 not-for-profit clubs.