The Volunteer Ireland Awards is an awards program that makes a difference. It aims to shine a light on the remarkable work of volunteers around the country by celebrating them on a national level. The Volunteer Ireland Awards are a unique opportunity to say 'thank you' to ordinary people doing extraordinary work across the country. President Michael D. Higgins is Patron of the Awards. 

Each September, people from all over Ireland are encouraged to nominate someone they know who gives their time and energy voluntarily. There are 10 categories, reflecting the different facets of volunteering work:

  • Arts, Culture and Media
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Health and Disability
  • Children and Young People
  • Campaigning and Awareness Raising
  • Community
  • Education and Training
  • Social Work
  •  Animals and Environment
  • International Development

Read more about the Categories here

Each volunteer nominated receives a special Thank You card from Volunteer Ireland acknowledging their service. All nominations are adjudicated by a shortlisting team and a panel of judges. Entries are whittled down to 30 shortlisted nominees, who will attend a gala awards ceremony in December in Dublin. Ireland’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’, along with 10 overall category awardees, are announced at the ceremony. 

The awards aim to celebrate and recognise the thousands of remarkable people across the country who selflessly give their time and talent to benefit others.  Anyone can nominate a volunteer. The only requirement is that the nominee must be a volunteer. The Volunteer Ireland Awards are open to volunteers of all ages working with Irish volunteer involving organisations.

Deadline extended: Nominations close on Monday October 26th 2015. 

Find out more in our Nomination FAQ.