Together with the charity’s President, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, and in partnership with The Big Jubilee Lunch, the awards will celebrate outstanding volunteers across the country who are making a difference every day.
“I’m so delighted to be launching the Platinum Champions Volunteer Awards alongside Royal Voluntary Service. In honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years of service, we want to celebrate the outstanding contribution of volunteers. In the search for our Platinum Champions, we want to thank and recognise all of those truly special people that are making a real difference to our communities with their kindness and generosity.
“I hope many of you will share your stories of these local heroes and nominate them for a Platinum Champion Award. I believe it is these volunteers, enhancing the lives of others, that are the backbone of this country. I look forward to seeing our Platinum Champions, and all volunteers, celebrated at The Big Jubilee Lunch this summer.”
Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall
“Royal Voluntary Service volunteers are amongst the millions of selfless people providing life-transforming support to others all over the country, every day. Through the Platinum Champions Awards, we want to commend volunteers of all ages, from all corners of Britain and from a range of causes for their generosity. Help us to celebrate the amazing difference they are making to the health and happiness of our communities, by nominating a volunteer for a Platinum Champions Award.”
Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service
The Platinum Champions Awards, which are supported by Royal Voluntary Service long standing partner M&G, will close on 10 April.
As well as receiving the Royal stamp of approval, the awards, which are an official Jubilee project, are being backed by big names including Oti Mabuse, Phillip Schofield, Elaine Paige and Felicity Kendal.
“We love celebrating people doing great things in the community, so we at The One Show are excited to help shine a light on the Platinum Champions. We can’t wait to find out who you nominate and hear about all the amazing work they’ve done.”
The One Show presenter, Alex Jones
The Platinum Champions Awards invite people across Great Britain to nominate the extraordinary volunteers in their communities who are going the extra mile to improve the lives of others.
Royal Voluntary Service is encouraging people to nominate volunteers in one of seven awards categories, including;
- older people
- crisis and welfare
- mental health
- physical health
- supporting the NHS and social care.
Entries will be reviewed by an expert judging panel made up of volunteering specialists, charity leaders, academics and charitable famous faces. Nominees will be judged on their impact to the lives of others, their dedication to volunteering and on how much they inspire other people.
A total of 70 volunteers in each of the seven categories will be awarded the Platinum Champions honour and will receive a specially designed Platinum Champions pin and a signed certificate from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. A further 10 outstanding volunteers from each category will be invited to celebrate at an official jubilee event, a special edition of The Big Jubilee Lunch on the 5 June.
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