02 September 2021
This year has seen a particularly extraordinary effort from our team of volunteers. Not only have they travelled all over the country to help support the 2021 Taste of the Trust days and return residential and sailing weeks, but they've been at the forefront of keeping everyone COVID safe, making sure temperatures have been checked, sanitiser has been liberally applied and masks have been worn at the right times.
With a few inevitable nerves around coming out of lockdown and being with, and talking to, new people again, they have also provided the friendly voice of reassurance. Young people have needed the Trust more than ever this year. Our volunteers have made sure they got exactly what they needed.
Entries won't close until March (final date TBC). So there is plenty of time to think about who made a difference to you this year or for someone to still do something incredible that warrants you nominating them as your Volunteer of the Year.
Go to the Volunteer page on our website here - Volunteer with us - and scroll down to the Volunteer of the Year section. Click on the button, complete the nomination form and that's it!
The Volunteer of the Year Award was introduced in 2017 to celebrate the life of young person and volunteer, Luke Gilbert, who sadly passed away in 2016.
Anyone can make a nomination. The only criteria is that a volunteer embodies Luke’s incredible personality, sense of humour and fun, enthusiasm and compassion, and they have volunteered on a trip or at an event in 2021. They must not be a skipper or a paid member of the Trust team
An independent panel, including Luke’s mum Julie, judges the nominations. The winner will be announced at the Trust’s annual Volunteer Training Day in the spring.