Preparations for the Cork Volunteer Awards 2021 are in full swing as the Cork Volunteer Centre calls on the people of the Rebel County to shine a light on local volunteers.

From now until 10th September, the centre is asking people to nominate a volunteer they feel is deserving of the title of Volunteer of the Year. The centre provides a placement service, matching individuals who would like to volunteer, with non-profit organisations who involve volunteers in their activities.

The awards ceremony will be hosted virtually on the Cork Volunteer Centre online accounts on Friday, 5th November. The virtual event will consist of Volunteer of the Year winners in 12 different categories, and will see these 12 volunteers presented with awards, acknowledging their contributions to their local communities and groups.

These 12 categories recognise both the geographical spread of Cork and the differing forms of volunteering that takes place across the county.

To add an element of surprise, the winner of the overall C103 volunteer of the year category will be announced on the night.

Adam Lacey, manager of Cork Volunteer Centre stated: “We are delighted to celebrate Cork’s volunteers for a third year at the Cork Volunteer Awards along with C103 and our other sponsors. The awards are about celebrating and acknowledging the unsung heroes of Cork.

“The volunteers who give their valuable time and experience to community groups, charities, sporting associations and festivals across the city and county don’t often get a chance to have their selflessness recognised publicly.”

Adam went on to add, that: “the Cork Volunteer Awards would not be able to happen without nominations. So, we are asking the people of Cork to have your voice heard. To all the community and voluntary organisations across the city and county, now is the time to nominate your volunteers. It’s a simple form to compete on our website!”