Nominations invited for youth volunteer awards

Nominations for the 2018 Youth Volunteer Awards have opened.

The awards recognise young people who volunteer, and acknowledges appreciation for their contribution, says Gisborne Volunteer Centre (GVC) manager Jenny Greaves.

Nomination forms are on the GVC website, Facebook page or are available from the office. They close on April 30.

The centre encourages people to nominate young people who volunteer, either formally or informally.

Mrs Greaves said a record number of young people were recognised for their engagement in volunteering in 2017, and they look forward to acknowledging more young people at this year’s event.

“It is a chance to celebrate the achievement of youth and their positive contribution to our region.

“It is also an opportunity to acknowledge their parents and whanau who support and encourage their volunteering.”

Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Alfred Ngaro described GVC as a trailblazer in leading the way in youth volunteer recognition since 2010.

Mrs Greaves said the value of volunteering was evident when young people entered the job market — 93 percent of employers saw volunteers as a credible way to get real-work experience, according to SEEK Volunteer.

“Not only are young volunteers helping in the community, they are taking steps towards securing their roles in the community by contributing now.

“By giving their time and talents to help others, young volunteers are helping themselves by gaining skills and confidence that will help them later in life.”

Nominations for the 2018 Youth Volunteer Awards have opened.

The awards recognise young people who volunteer, and acknowledges appreciation for their contribution, says Gisborne Volunteer Centre (GVC) manager Jenny Greaves.

Nomination forms are on the GVC website, Facebook page or are available from the office. They close on April 30.

The centre encourages people to nominate young people who volunteer, either formally or informally.

Mrs Greaves said a record number of young people were recognised for their engagement in volunteering in 2017, and they look forward to acknowledging more young people at this year’s event.

“It is a chance to celebrate the achievement of youth and their positive contribution to our region.

“It is also an opportunity to acknowledge their parents and whanau who support and encourage their volunteering.”

Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Alfred Ngaro described GVC as a trailblazer in leading the way in youth volunteer recognition since 2010.

Mrs Greaves said the value of volunteering was evident when young people entered the job market — 93 percent of employers saw volunteers as a credible way to get real-work experience, according to SEEK Volunteer.

“Not only are young volunteers helping in the community, they are taking steps towards securing their roles in the community by contributing now.

“By giving their time and talents to help others, young volunteers are helping themselves by gaining skills and confidence that will help them later in life.”

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