WRVS launches hunt for Diamond Champion volunteers across the UK (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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WRVS launches hunt for Diamond Champion volunteers across the UK
6:00am Monday 14th May 2012 in Queen Elizabeth celebrates her diamond jubilee
To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, WRVS is calling for nominations from around the country for 'Diamond Champions', older people who volunteer in their local communities and go the extra mile to make a real difference to others’ lives.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have agreed to be joint Patrons of the hunt for the Diamond Champions in recognition of the important and valuable role played by older people in communities throughout the UK.
Diamond Champion nominees must be over 60 and the aim is to find volunteers who make an extraordinary difference to their community by giving up their own time to help others.
Sixty entries will be shortlisted for each region by a judging panel.
All 480 shortlisted volunteers from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will be presented with a specially-designed Diamond Champions badge and certificate at a local celebration event. From the shortlist, a regional judging panel will select 10 people from each region to join 70 others at a royal residence to meet Prince Charles and Camilla in the autumn.
David McCullough, chief executive of WRVS, said: "WRVS volunteers are among thousands of volunteers around the country who do a wonderful, and often little-noticed, job in helping others in their community, whether that be delivering meals on wheels for older people, or helping out at Brownies.
"All these people are making a huge difference to others’ lives and we are very pleased to be able to celebrate their contribution through the Diamond Champions awards.
"We are delighted that HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall are supporting our awards to find these hidden gems in our society and celebrate the wonderful contribution that volunteers make.
"The Queen and the Royal Family are famous for their hard work and dedication to their public duty and volunteers show a similar loyalty and sense of duty to the people they serve."
Nominate your Diamond Champion online at www.wrvs.org.uk or send a nomination in a stamped addressed envelope to Diamond Champions, c/o WRVS, Beck Court, Cardiff Gate Business Park, Cardiff Gate, CF23 8RP.
Nominations should be a maximum 300 words and include an explanation of the difference their volunteering work makes; the amount of time they give to volunteering, a reason why you have nominated them, any examples of ways they go the extra mile and any examples you can give of ways they inspire others.