About the Awards
The Volunteer Ireland Awards is an awards program that makes a difference. It aims to shine a light on the remarkable work of volunteers around the country by celebrating them on a national level. The Volunteer Ireland Awards are a unique opportunity to say 'thank you' to ordinary people doing extraordinary work across the country. President Michael D. Higgins is Patron of the Awards.
Each year, people from all over Ireland are encouraged to nominate someone they know who gives their time and energy voluntarily. There are 9 categories, reflecting different facets of volunteering work:
Arts, Culture and Media
Sports and Recreation
Health and Disability
Children and Young People
Campaigning and Awareness Raising
Emergency and Ambulance Services
Animals and Environment
Each volunteer nominated receives a special Thank You card from Volunteer Ireland acknowledging their service. All nominations are adjudicated by a shortlisting team and a panel of judges. Entries are whittled down to 27 shortlisted nominees, who will attend a gala awards ceremony in December in Dublin. 9 overall category awardees are announced at the ceremony and one truly exceptional volunteer receives the Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award.
The awards aim to celebrate and recognise the thousands of remarkable people across the country who selflessly give their time and talent to benefit others. Anyone can nominate a volunteer. The only requirement is that the nominee must be a volunteer. The Volunteer Ireland Awards are open to volunteers of all ages working with Irish volunteer involving organisations.