2018 was the 10th year we have held the awards and as part of Volunteer Cornwall's 40th anniversary celebrations, the awards ceremony was held at The Eden Project as part of a wider celebration of volunteering in Cornwall.
There were 9 individual categories, a 'Host of the Year' award and an overall winner.
The awards for 2018 are as follows:
The overall Volunteer of the Year Award for the "winner of winners" was the toughest part of the selection process and the panel awarded that accolade to Jak Atter for his youth volunteering work.
Children & Schools (sponsored by Cornwall Council) - Pat Jolley Face2Face
Community (sponsored by Cornwall Council) - Brenda Collins
Culture (sponsored by Cornwall Council) - Kaylie Wright
Driver (sponsored by Cornwall Council) - Vincent Coen
Environment (sponsored by Cornwall Wildlife Trust) - Sue Sayer
Fund Raising & Support (sponsored by Cornwall Council) Bev Burt
Health & Care (sponsored by Duchy Health Charity) - Rosemary Wickett
Personal Development (sponsored by Truro & Penwith College) - Lowenna Kaute
Young Volunteer (sponsored by Cornwall College Camborne) - Jak Atter
"Host of the Year" category for the organisation that has demonstrated excellence in the way it looks after its volunteers, sponsored by Health Promotion Service. - Merlin MS Centre
Of course in our eyes, every volunteer deserves recognition and whilst we cant give certificates to all 140,000 of Cornwall's volunteers, we can shine a light on their outstanding work through events like this.