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. Between 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, safer, better place for youngsters.
Unsung Hero Award
The rare diamonds who do so much often keep it on the down-low, so we’re asking you to think about your friends, flatmates and course mates who’ve made a difference. If they volunteer regularly or do great things but are perhaps too modest, we’d love to shout about them, so get in touch.
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 Students Award
This award is for those of you who volunteer their time to help 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 making our planet happier. We’re after the people who’ve really gone the extra mile to promote sustainability or environmentalism.
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 should demonstrate the positive ways students have gone out of their way to be inclusive.
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.
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 at a hospice or raised awareness of a cause in an innovative way.
Community Outreach Award
Our students do a massive amount of volunteering in the local community, working 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.
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.
Fundraiser of the Year
Without the tireless work of fundraisers many amazing charities and projects simply would not exist. Organising a fashion show, bag-packs or a bake sale are all good tried and tested ways of raising money, but whatever you have done to raise money for a cause we want to hear from you.
New Volunteer Project of the Year
We are always amazed at the number of new projects which emerge each year and this award is to recognise those which only a year ago did not even exist and are now having a positive impact on students and the wider community every single day.