To mark the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Consort , The Coronation Champions Awards, will celebrate and recognise inspiring volunteers who have made an exceptional difference in their communities, it's been announced by the Lord Lieutenancy in the Western Isles.
The statement says: "King Charles is a passionate and long-standing advocate of volunteering and the Royal Voluntary Service is organising the awards to acknowledge the contributions of volunteers across the UK.
"They will commend outstanding volunteers from all communities and also aim to inspire others to explore what volunteering has to offer.
There will be eight categories of awards;
- Supporting Older people
- Supporting young people and children
- Crisis and Welfare
- Sports, Culture and Heritage
- Health and Care
- Sustainability and the Environment
- Animal Welfare
Western Isles Lord-Lieutenant Iain Macaulay said: ” The coronation celebrations are a perfect time for us to highlight the tremendous contribution volunteers make throughout our communities. It is therefore important that nominations from the islands are put forward for this exciting award programme. Please make sure you nominate your local heroes so that the well established role of volunteering in the Western Isles is recognised at a local and national level."
Nominations for the awards will close on April 2 and 500 Coronation Champions will be announced before the Coronation weekend at the beginning of May.
Judges will also be on the lookout to celebrate rising stars as ‘Young Coronation Champions’ (aged 14-18 ) who may have overcome adversity or discovered creative ways to support their local communities within the last five years.
The Royal Voluntary Service website explains the aims and process for nominations so visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/coronation-champions-awards to find out more and nominate a volunteer.