Celebrating Birmingham’s unsung heroes!

Some of Birmingham’s most outstanding volunteers and not-for-profit organisations are in the running for awards at this year’s BVSC Volunteering Awards, to be held at Soho House on Wednesday 7 June.

Now in its fourth year, the Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) Volunteering Awards form part of the annual Volunteers’ Week, a national celebration of volunteers and volunteering which takes place from 1-7 June.

Owen Edmunds, who volunteers as a tour guide for museum and arts venue The Coffin Works and has been shortlisted for the under-25’s category, said:

“It’s a great honour and a surprise to be nominated for an award from BVSC. I absolutely love what I do and volunteering at such a unique place as the Coffin Works is such a joy. Good luck to everyone else who has been nominated!”

Owen Edmunds

Owen Edmunds, who volunteers for Coffin Works in the Jewellery Quarter

This year BVSC received 105 nominations from charities across Birmingham – a significant rise on previous years. Shortlisted nominees will be treated to afternoon tea and a tour of Soho House, a Grade II listed 18th century house in Handsworth, before coming together for the awards ceremony. Guests include the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Anne Underwood and Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson.

Donna Adams, Programme Manager at BVSC, commented: “The Volunteering Awards are the perfect opportunity to say a big thank you to our nominees and winners and also serve as a way of recognising the contributions of the wider volunteer community in our city.”

BVSC have worked in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust, who have kindly provided the venues for the Volunteering Awards for the past three years. Last year, the ceremony was held at Blakesley Hall in Yardley; another key site of the city’s heritage.

Volunteering plays a huge – yet largely undervalued – role in our society. It is estimated that the value of regular volunteering to the UK’s economy is close to £24 billion every single year, not to mention the countless small differences volunteers make to people’s lives each and every day. Volunteers’ Week and the BVSC Volunteering Awards help to raise awareness and recognition of the value of volunteering.

There’s still time for organisations to sponsor an award and show their commitment to Birmingham’s voluntary sector and volunteers. For further information and enquiries, please email volunteersweek@bvsc.org.

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