News just in.. we are extending the deadline for nominations in the category of Volunteer Manager/Co-ordinator of the Year.

Excellent volunteer managers lead to excellent volunteers.  They support, organise and develop their volunteers to ensure that they provide a volunteering role that is meaningful and well recognised by the organisation.  They ensure that their volunteers feel valued and their contribution is recognised and are always seeking new opportunities to develop and further enhance the volunteering experience.

Does this sound like someone you know? Nominations can come from volunteers, colleagues, friends and family, so what have you got to lose?

Nomination Forms and a guidance document can be found here:


Nomination Form

Definition of Categories

Deadline extended until Friday 12th April at 12pm


Volunteer Dundee host two separate awards each year; our Volunteer Awards and our Youth Volunteer Awards.

Nominations are now closed for this years Volunteer Awards.

The city’s hardest working volunteers are to be recognised at the annual ceremony held by the charity during Volunteers Week (1st to 7th June) on Thursday 6th June at The Quay. Nominations for the Awards are invited from organisations, community groups, friends and family as well as other volunteers.

Eric Knox the CEO states “Volunteers make a real difference to peoples lives in Dundee.  These awards give us the opportunity for the city to celebrate the people who give their time to help other and make Dundee a richer place to live.”

There are six categories which will be awards on the night. These are; Volunteer of the Year, Trustee/Board Member, Volunteer Team of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Volunteer Manager/Co-ordinator of the Year and the Kathryn Mackenzie Make a Difference Award.

One in five adults in Dundee volunteer not only help others facing difficulty or hardship but also act as a force for change. The Awards recognise and celebrate their hard work and dedication and are sponsored by both local businesses and non profit organisations.

Last year’s winners included Finmill Community Council chair Ron Neave who received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the local area; Ninewells Community Garden was named Volunteer Team of the Year; and Tammie Brown of community group Link Up Whitfield won the Kathryn Mackenzie Make A Difference Award. Tammie’s volunteering has not only been an asset to Link Up, but also herself, improving personal confidence. She assures  “My self confidence has really improved. My self esteem too. I have a much better view of myself and what I am able to do.”


We are delighted to announce the wonderful sponsors we are working with for this years awards.


The Rank Foundation – Volunteer of the Year

The Rank Foundation will be sponsoring the Volunteer of the Year Award category at the 2019 Volunteer Awards. The Rank Foundation supports and funds several projects across the UK with the aim to improve the lives of people and communities.  It does this by combining intellectual, social and financial capital to encourage partnerships and help communities.  The Rank Foundation have funded 2500 organisations the past ten years, 38 place-based organisations and programs such as Time To Shine and the School Leadership Award.

For more information on The Rank Foundation visit –

Or Contact –



Dundee Social Enterprise Network – Volunteer Team of the Year

This year’s Volunteer Team of the Year Award is sponsored by Dundee Social Enterprise Network (DSEN). DSEN work to support existing and developing social enterprises in Dundee, by assisting with access to funding, loans and training along with providing business advice. Their job as a network involves supporting links between members in Dundee and social enterprise in Scotland, as well as working in partnership with Dundee Voluntary Action and Volunteer Dundee to form Dundee TSI.

To find out more about DSEN visit:

Or Contact Chief Executive Julie Farr:


Dundee Voluntary Action – Lifetime Achievement Award

Dundee Voluntary Action are sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

DVA began in 1953 as Dundee Association for Social Services, however changed its name in 1988 to represent its new role in promoting community well-being through voluntary action. Today, DVA as a charity aims to support the third sector in Dundee by providing guidance on governance, funding, policies, planning and problem solving to charities, social enterprises, community groups and volunteer teams.

The ultimate goal for this is to promote the interests and serve needs of the third sector in Dundee and ensure that the organisations can provide high quality service to the community. DVA is also part of the Dundee TSI partnership along with Dundee Social Enterprise Network and Volunteer Dundee.

For more information visit –

Or Contact – 01382 305 700

Showcase the Street – Kathryn MacKenzie Make A Difference Award

Social Enterprise Showcase the Street will be sponsoring the Kathryn Mackenzie Make a Difference Award category.. Showcase the Street is part of Dundee Social Enterprise Network and was established in 2003. The organisation – based at Manhattan Works in Dundee – utilises its leisure facilities in attempt to engage young people at risk of exclusion or deprivation through dance, sport and virtual reality.

For more information on Showcase the Street visit –

Or Contact -Telephone: 01382 699623


Lindsays Solicitors  – Trustee/Board Member of the Year

This year’s Trustee/Board Member of the Year sponsor is Lindsays. Recently expanded Lindsays provides law service to businesses and individuals across Dundee. It aims to cater to legal needs of different sectors and developments whilst reflecting the everchanging nature of Dundee. As well as being invested in new developments in Dundee, Lindsays offer support to families and a complete service to small businesses. Lindsays has offices at Seabraes House and a property office at Crichton Street.

For more information visit –

Or Contact-

Dundee Office

Telephone- 01382 224112

Dundee (Property) Office

Telephone – 01382 802050





Dundee Inspire Awards 2018


On Tuesday 20th November, the Caird Hall played host to the Dundee Inspire Awards 2018. This was in collaboration with Dundee City Council, Dundee Youth Fund, Dundee Youth Council and Discover Work Services, led by the volunteering youth team at Volunteer Dundee. As part of the Year of Young People celebrations, The Inspire Awards displayed the incredible young people that Dundee has to offer. Hosted by two young volunteers from Link Up Whitfield and Dundee Youth Council, it truly was a youth led event. One of the highlights was seeing the two hosts sashaying across the stage to Dancing Queen – definitely better dancers than others who have done the same!



Eight awards were given on the night, including Young Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteering Team of the Year and Youth Organisation of the Year. There were also special ‘Make A Difference’ awards handed out on the night, to reward young people who had made a real difference in five different categories Sport, Employer, Young People, Community and Culture. In addition nine Saltire Summit Awards were given to young volunteers, plus twenty-seven Saltire 200/500 award certificates. Overall, it was a spectacular night recognising the commitment and dedication of some of Dundee’s inspiring young people.

The Youth Volunteering Awards will return in 2019. Keep an eye and ear out for information soon.