Causeway Volunteer Centre, in conjunction with Volunteer NI, is raising the bar for recognising and rewarding volunteers in Causeway, with the launch of the brand-new EPIC Awards.
The EPIC Awards, which stands for Empowering People In Communities is a free initiative that recognises and validates the contributions of volunteers in our communities, who make a commitment of at least 50 hours within any 12 month period.
There are three levels of EPIC Award: a Bronze Award, for 50 hours of volunteering; a Silver Award, for 100 hours of volunteering; and a Gold Award, presented to volunteers who go the extra mile and dedicate 200 hours to volunteering. Each volunteer who achieves an award will receive a certificate, which not only acts as personal recognition for their contribution, but can also be used as part of a CV, personal statement of job application.
To qualify for an EPIC Award, volunteers must make a commitment of at least 50 hours, within any 12 month period. These hours can be gained through volunteering with one organisation, or with multiple organisations simultaneously.
Mary McNickle, Manager of Causeway Volunteer Centre Volunteer Centre, said: “Over the past two years, it has become clearer than ever that volunteers play an invaluable role in our society, which is why we have come together with the other independent volunteer centres to create and EPIC Awards. Our aim is to recognise and reward the contribution of volunteers in the community and promotes volunteering as a whole.
“The scheme is a great way for organisations to attract new volunteers and motivate current volunteers to dedicate more time, learn new skills and make the most of their volunteering experiences. We urge all of our local organisations to get involved and help us to give our volunteers the recognition that they deserve.”
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Richard Holmes said: “I wholeheartedly support this new awards scheme which will give recognition to the many people in our Borough who freely devote their time and skills for the benefit of others.
“The onset of the pandemic has emphasised the importance of volunteers and I would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has been a part of this vital support network in Causeway Coast and Glens in recent times.
“We’re fortunate to have a very active voluntary sector, who make a positive impact on communities across the area. I hope this new scheme encourages their efforts even further, while also prompting others to consider volunteering for the first time.”
Causeway Volunteer Centre is currently looking for organisations and businesses who benefit from volunteers to register their interest for the EPIC Awards, via their website. Volunteers who would like to participate in the scheme are encouraged to talk to their organisations, and ask them to register as a partner organisation. If you require further assistance contact Causeway Volunteer Centre.