Volunteer Recognition Awards 2024

Our Volunteer Recognition Awards celebrate volunteers and groups who go above and beyond for their communities. We want to recognise the hard work and commitment of all our volunteers, who make this a better place to live. Together.

Nominations for the 2024 Awards will open on Monday 3rd June, during Neighbourhood Watch Week, and will close on Sunday 30th June.

This year, there will be two additional award categories joining the existing three - the full list of award categories are as follows:

  • Innovation and Reach
  • Crime Prevention
  • Community Health and Wellbeing
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Special Recognition Award

You can read the criteria for each category below.


Innovation and Reach

This category celebrates the diversity of ways we work within communities and increase our reach.

Do you know a Coordinator or Neighbourhood Watch group who have overcome challenges to grow their group? They might have thought of a unique way to connect with others or have created effective new partnerships. They might have considered an innovative way to encourage new members to join or ensure diversity and inclusion shine through. Are there neighbours that traditionally would not have joined but did because they helped them feel included? Did the nominee find a way to reach groups and communities whose voices are seldom heard?


Crime Prevention

This category celebrates volunteers who support their neighbours to be stronger, more resilient, and safer by raising awareness of crime prevention.

Do you know of a Coordinator or Neighbourhood Watch group who have done something different to help prevent crime? Do people feel safer from something they were involved in and want to recognise the Coordinator or group for their actions? Are there examples of how working with partners helped prevent crime? Has the Coordinator or group raised awareness of crimes in different ways to encourage the whole community to be involved?


Community Health and Wellbeing

This category celebrates Neighbourhood Watch groups and Coordinators who have gone the extra mile to look out for the needs of their neighbours and neighbourhood.

How do you and your neighbours feel about your area? Do you look after your local environment? Do you support each other through life's ups and downs or those who are more vulnerable? In many towns and streets, Neighbourhood Watch helps neighbours look out for each other, look after their environment, and feel optimistic about where they live. This helps to reduce crime. Do you know of a Neighbourhood Watch group or Coordinator who encourages positive community values? Do they include people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities in activities? Do they show compassion, empathy, and kindness? Do they help local people to feel better about their area?


Read about our Volunteer Recognition Awards 2023 winners here.