The Active Devon Volunteer Awards 2024

Nominations are now open!

The 2024 Active Devon Volunteer Awards open for nominations on the 3 June 2024 and close 5pm on Sunday 8 September 2024.  Find out more below, along with key information about the awards and how to nominate.

About the Volunteer Awards

Launched in 2022, the Active Devon Volunteer Awards recognise the contribution of thousands of people across Devon who volunteer their time to help others get active.

The awards are your chance to say thank you. Do you know someone who goes the extra mile to support people in your community to be more active? They might be a coach, an activity group leader, a club committee member or a charity group activity organiser. Whatever their role, their dedication to volunteering will be making a difference.

With your help we want to recognise, thank and celebrate these inspirational volunteers.

The winners of the 2024 Active Devon Volunteer Awards will each receive an award and a celebration with their group or team, as well as the chance to showcase the brilliant work they do. 

Watch this short video of Cara Baer, the 2023 winner of The Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year Award. Cara, who volunteers at Plymouth Mayflower Specials, shares her thoughts on the Active Devon Volunteer Awards and why recognising volunteers is so important.

The Volunteer Awards 2024 Categories

There are seven main award categories:

  • North Devon District and Torridge
  • East Devon District, Mid Devon District and Exeter
  • West Devon District and Plymouth
  • South Hams District, Teignbridge and Torbay
  • The Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year Award (for volunteers aged 14 – 17)*
  • The Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year Award (for volunteers aged 18 – 25)**
  • The Volunteering Team of the Year Award

The Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year Award is for volunteers aged 14-17.* The award recognises the positive difference that young volunteers make to enable others to be physically active. The criteria for this award will be based on a young person aged between 14 and 17 on the 8 September 2024 who has shown exceptional commitment to helping others move more.

The Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year Award is for volunteers aged 18 – 25.** The award recognises the positive difference that young volunteers make to enable others to be physically active. The criteria for this award will be based on a young person aged between 18 and 25 on the 8 September 2024 who has shown exceptional commitment to helping others move more.

The Volunteering Team of the Year Award celebrates the outstanding work of volunteer teams in Devon who are making a big difference to their local community.

There is an additional award which will be chosen at the judge’s discretion from all the entries received.

  • The Outstanding Contribution to Inclusion Award

This award will be based on the contribution of an individual towards promoting inclusion and full community participation during their volunteering.

Nominations are now open and will close on the 8 September 2024. A shortlist of nominees will be selected by Active Devon and publicly announced at the end of September. A panel of judges, which will be made up of people within Devon who champion physical activity and volunteering will select the winners.  The winners will then be announced in October 2024 and a celebration event will take place at their location in November.

How To Nominate

Nominating someone for an award is quick and easy. Simply click on the button below to access the awards nomination form.

Use the form to let us know more about the person you are nominating and why you are nominating them. Tell us about the brilliant work they do and the impact that they are having on the health and wellbeing of people in their community, and please add in as much information as you can. For further guidance, we recommend you take a look at these top tips to help you when nominating:

Good luck to everyone who takes part and please get nominating!

Key Information

  • You can nominate anyone who is 14+ years old who spends time doing something unpaid that encourages individuals to be more physically active in Devon.
  • This can include volunteering through public, private or voluntary organisations, or informally in their community.
  • Awards are open for nominations from 8am on the 3 June 2024 and close at 5pm on the 8 September 2024.
  • With the award category for volunteers aged 14-17, volunteers must be aged between 14 years old and 17 years old from the time nominations open on the 3 June 2024 and close at 5pm on the 8 September 2024.*
  • With the award category for volunteers aged 18-25, volunteers must be aged between 18 years old and 25 years old from the time nominations open on the 3 June 2024 and close at 5pm on the 8 September 2024.**
  • You cannot nominate yourself.
  • You can nominate more than one person, just use a new form every time you do.
  • You can only nominate each person once.
  • The person you are nominating must have volunteered in Devon at some time from the 3 June 2023 to the 8 September 2024.
  • You must have the permission of the person you are nominating to share their information with us before you submit the form. If the person you are nominating is aged between 14 and 17, you also need to get permission from their parent or carer and supply these details at the time of nominating.

Please read the full Active Devon Volunteer Awards 2024 Terms and Conditions. These will also be available on the nomination form.

Past Winners and the 2023 Shortlist

Over the past two years, we’ve created videos to capture the winners’ stories, showcasing the inspiring work that they do. To see previous winners for 2023 and 2022 and to hear their stories, watch these short videos:

You can also see which nominees were shortlisted in 2023.

Volunteers Make a Big Difference

Volunteers have always played a vital part in the sports and physical activity sector, and without them, most community sport and physical activity simply wouldn’t happen.

Alex Don was one of the 2022 Volunteer Award winners, and this is why she was nominated:

“Alex is the lead volunteer for the North Devon Active Stroke group. She is very dedicated and is constantly looking for funding to ensure the group continues and is able to offer activities. She has investigated new opportunities and pursuits for the group, continuing to ask members what they would like to do. She is an amazing volunteer who works tirelessly on behalf of the group. She is also passionate about ensuring that everyone has access to opportunities which match their capabilities.”