Volunteer Awards guidance notes

Bridgend Unsung Heroes Awards

Nomination information, rules and purpose of awards

Every year thousands of individuals and groups volunteer across Bridgend County Borough giving their time, energy, skills and commitment to help others in their community.  Over the last 2 years volunteers have been more important than ever and BAVO and BCBC would like to recognise and highlight the support that was offered by formal and informal volunteers and organisations during this time.

BAVO’s Volunteer Achievement Awards 2022 are designed to recognise and honour outstanding people and organisations that have made a significant contribution to our community during the past two years. This is the seventh year that we have run the awards and we would like to encourage people to nominate individuals and groups who you believe have made a significant contribution to the community through volunteering in the last two years.

This year BAVO and BCBC will recognise and thank volunteers for the difference they have made during Covid 19, adding new categories for people to be nominated

The awards are:

  • Befriending/Mentoring Volunteer
  • Volunteer of the Year under 25 
  • Volunteer of the Year 25 and over
  • Community/Charity group of the Year
  • Sports Volunteer of the Year
  • Outstanding Volunteer
  • Covid 19 Volunteer 
  • Community Unsung Hero

Nomination procedure


  • Individuals cannot be nominated by themselves, a partner, family member or any employee or Executive Committee member of Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations (BAVO). The nominator should have known the nominee for a minimum of six months;
  • The Befriending and Mentoring Volunteer Award can receive nominations from individuals that have been supported by a befriender or mentor over the last 12 months.
  • Nominees must have volunteered in Bridgend County Borough over the last 12 months;
  • The Volunteer of the Year under 25 category is for those aged under 25 on 31 December 2022;
  • Nominations for the Volunteer Project of the Year Award must be made by a volunteer, partner organisation or beneficiary from the nominated organisation;
  • Organisations must be based or working within Bridgend County Borough;
  • BAVO staff or any other paid workers are not eligible for the awards.

Rules for all categories:

Personal details provided on all nomination forms may be passed on to partner organisations and to the media for publicity purposes. If you are not willing for any information to be shared in this way or if you do not wish media organisations to contact the nominee or nominator, please let us know as soon as possible.

  1. Please note that whist all nominees will be recognised, only the highest scoring nominee will be selected for an award for each category.
  2. Please ensure that the information provided is relevant and unique to the nominee. The information should not be replicated or duplicated for another nominee.
  3. A selection panel will select the award winners.
  4. The panel’s decisions are final. The panel reserves the right not to make an award in any particular category if they feel that the nominations are not suitable. No feedback will be given on the panel’s decisions or discussions.

Closing date for nominations:

Completed nominations must be received by 12 noon on Thursday, 14 April 2022 using an official nomination form. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Postal nominations must be marked ‘Private and confidential’ and should be returned to Sharon Headon, BAVO – 112/113 Commercial Street, Maesteg, Bridgend, CF34 9DL.

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