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

We are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the 2019 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). 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 nominations can be made under. 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.   More information on these and a Nomination Form are available to download below.

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.”

Deadline for submitting nominations is 1st April. The Awards will be on Thursday 6th June.


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.