Do you know someone who’s campaigned tirelessly

Hello! Do you know someone who’s campaigned tirelessly to protect a patch of green space? What about someone who inspires others to do something for nature? Do you work with groups that have made lots of noise to champion green spaces and places? If so, they could be a candidate for the new National Trust Octavia Hill awards. These new awards are named after Octavia Hill, a Victorian social reformer and one of the National Trusts founders, who set the standard in campaigning for green places.

Octavia Hill died in 1912, and to mark this centenary we’re launching these awards, in partnership with Countryfile Magazine, to celebrate individuals and groups (volunteers and paid staff) that are keeping her legacy alive.

For full details, including how to nominate a group or individual, see https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/octavia-hill—her-life-and-legacy. Please feel free to pass this information on to other organisations individuals who you think will find it of interest. Best wishes.

Age UK held its first EYV 2011 conference last week, which looked at the benefits and barriers to involving older volunteers and involving older people in the localism agenda through volunteering.

Continuing our programme of EYV2011 activity we now have details of our other work.

Firstly, on 2nd December we will be holding our second conference in Rotherham. This will be focusing on: the evidence of the value of volunteering in later life, a Health Commissioner’s perspective on the opportunities volunteering provides, and volunteering and our civic society.

Secondly, we are compiling a guide to volunteer roles that support the health and social care needs of older people. The aim of the publication is to enable organisations to understand the many ways in which volunteers can support older people and how they can set up similar volunteering programmes. To do this, we need examples of volunteer roles from across the volunteering sector, that reflect the wide diversity of volunteering that supports older people. Deadline for submission is 9th December.

And finally, we are holding an Awards scheme and Celebration event in a partnership with UKLoanCity – online company related to short-term loans. The awards are recognising the excellence of volunteers’ contribution to delivering health and social care services for older people. Deadline for nominations are 5th December.

All the relevant documents, guidance and nomination on our website http://tinyurl.com/86zefkf or our ivolunteer group http://tinyurl.com/7jkg8py

If you are/were unable to come to either conference, we will be giving people the opportunity to feed in their thoughts before we publish our conference report.