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At the centre of the high-street and here for 30 years already, Uckfield Volunteer Centre celebrate their special anniversary by launching an annual awards for volunteers in the community. We all know someone who gives their time for the good of others. What better way to make them feel appreciated than to nominate them for an award recognising the exceptional work they do?

There are five categories of awards, and you can nominate someone deserving of any award they qualify for. Four of these awards are open to everyone.

Service to our Community Award

Good Neighbour Award

Young Volunteer Award (under 25’s only)

Happiest Volunteer Award

Volunteer of the Year Award (open to our member organisations only)

It might be someone you know who’s just quietly been going about helping a neighbour or organisation, someone who’s been going that extra mile, or stepping up during the pandemic to do whatever they can. They’re all important and deserving, so don’t hesitate to nominate them as you never know, they might win.

During the pandemic UVC have been going about their work at the Volunteer Centre, placing 141 volunteers in 2020 despite the challenging times faced by all, across 60+ charitable organisation members and across Wealden as part of a hub for voluntary efforts. Over the next 12 months they’re looking to place over 200 volunteers, so looking forward to the times ahead as the country starts to open back up.

Foot traffic in the office is steadily coming back as people venture out with increasing confidence, with East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre already coming back on the first Thursday morning of each month to assist people with their hearing aids.

All this means, attention can turn towards the future, and the awards on the horizon. The ceremony will take place on Thursday 30 September, and the cut-off for nominations is Wednesday 15 September, so there’s plenty of time to consider and get them in, but why wait? Sort it sooner rather than later and know the job is done.

You can nominate someone on the UVC website or alternatively pop into their high street office, where there are forms to take away to complete and drop back at your convenience.