All students involved in extra-curricular volunteering, both on campus and off, are eligible for the Community Impact Awards. Both students and staff can nominate students/student groups to recognise, reward and applaud the great work you all do! All awards are open to all Newcastle students and recent graduates from every course, stage and campus.
Now we know that you volunteers are normally a modest bunch and don’t do what you do for awards but just think how good it will look on your CV if you win, it is also a fantastic way to raise awareness of your project and its always nice to celebrate your achievements with friends and fellow volunteers even if it is just for one night.
The 11 award categories are:
Youth Volunteering Award
Loads of you have given your time to volunteer with children and young people. Amongst you, you’ve transformed gardens in schools, taught art skills, offered study support and so much more. We want to celebrate all that you’ve done to make Newcastle a happier and safer place for youngsters.
Unsung Hero Award
Not many people would label themselves as an unsung hero, so we’re asking you to think about your friends, flatmates and course mates who’ve made a difference. Do they volunteer regularly and keep it on the down low? Maybe they’re too modest, but we’d like to shout about them, so get in touch.
Student Leadership Award
All good projects need a leader. Not someone who barks orders, but the person who ensures things run smoothly. Have you organised events or activities to benefit others? Rallied round to make sure everyone knows what to do and where to be? Projects couldn’t run without people like you, so give yourself a pat on the back and nominate yourself (or someone else) for the Student Leadership award.
Volunteering Innovation Award
We like people with good ideas. Have you launched your own project? Made an existing project better with your contribution? Maybe you spotted a gap in the volunteering market and filled it. We’d love to hear from you.
Community Outreach Award
Our students do a massive amount of volunteering in the local community, and work with charities and not for profit groups all over the city. This award recognises those whose efforts have benefited the student community and also impacted positively on the wider community.
Students for Students Award
This award is for those of you who volunteer their time to help your fellow students, maybe you are a peer mentor as part of your course or you volunteer at the Student Advice Centre, if your volunteering helps other students then this could be the award for you.
There are a lot of green-minded students in Newcastle, and you all deserve a medal for keeping our planet happy. However, we’re after the people who’ve gone the extra mile to promote sustainability in everything they do.
Sports Volunteering Award
Whether you are behind the scenes making the phone calls, organising matches and ensuring you have eleven players every Wednesday afternoon or you are out there on the pitch coaching the next Lionel Messi, whatever sport you are doing if you have volunteered your time this year we want to hear about it.
Social Inclusion Award
This award is for those who have encouraged integration of people in the uni or wider community who otherwise might have been isolated for reasons such as disability, age or social class. Nominations demonstrate the positive ways students have went out of their way to be inclusive.
Cultural Diversity Champion
Newcastle prides itself on being a culturally diverse place and we want to hear from those who have encouraged and celebrated this, helping make our city vibrant, welcoming and somewhere people are proud to call home.
Students for Health
This award is for all those who have actively promoted or encouraged healthy living, or helped those in need. You might have fundraised for a charity close to your heart, given time helping the sick at a local hospice or raised awareness of a cause in an innovative way.
Nominations open Monday 12th February and close Tuesday 3rd April
The awards night will take place in The Venue Wednesday 9th May
Those winners who really stand out may be shortlisted for the prestigious annual ‘Pride of Newcastle University Awards’ on 8th June, with prizes of up to £250.