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West Midlands Volunteer Awards 2017 – Nominate Now!

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By West Midlands Museum Development / Posted on Friday 9th June 2017

We are delighted to announce that nominations for the second West Midlands Volunteer Awards are now open.

The Awards are part of Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s Major Partner Museum and West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) programme funded through Arts Council England.

The West Midlands Volunteer Awards were established to recognise and reward the invaluable work and significant contribution made by volunteers to the museum sector.  Volunteers are the life blood of many museums, generously giving their time, amounting to hundreds of hours. They bring energy, enthusiasm and expertise to all areas of museum life and so we hope that through the Volunteer Awards you will join us to hear their story and to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements.

  • Do you know of an individual or group of committed volunteers whose hard work, loyalty and dedication contributes to making your museum a success?
  • Have they supported the museum over a number of years?
  • Do they consistently exceed expectations?
  • Have they brought a new idea or project to life?
  • Do they deserve a bit of recognition and thanks?

Then this is your opportunity to nominate a volunteer or group of volunteers to share their story; it is a chance to give back to those who give so generously, caring for the region’s cultural heritage.  The Awards are open to any individual or team who volunteers within an Accredited museum (or formally Working Towards) located in Birmingham, the Black Country, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

There are four Award categories and five Special Awards to reflect the strategic goals set by Arts Council England which include an overall judges Award for Excellence.

Award Categories
Above and Beyond     Team or individual that has gone the extra mile
Working Together      Team award for a project or new working practice
Project Award             Team or individual who developed, implemented and managed a specific project that resulted in tangible benefits for the museum
Spreading the Word  Individual who has made a marked contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion through encouraging new visitors

Special Awards
Audiences                     Individual or team who has driven and delivered great customer service
Collections                    Individual or team who has introduced an innovative project
Resilience                     An individual with ‘entrepreneurial spirit’
Young People              An individual who has brought new ideas and energy (up to 25 years)
Excellence                    The judges award for the overall winner from the previous eight categories

For more details please read the Nomination Guidance before completing the Nomination Form pdf version or Word version.

Nominations close     5pm, Monday 31 July
Shortlist announced  Friday 11 August
Awards Ceremony     Tuesday 19 September

Shortlisted nominees and their nominator will be invited to join us along with guests at a dedicated Awards ceremony to be held at the Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday 19 September, 6pm – 10pm.  Guests will be wined, dined and entertained at this leading Midlands’ theatre with BBC Midlands Today Presenter, Sarah Bishop taking centre stage to host the evening.

nomination-guidance nomination-form(pdf version) nomination-form (word version)


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