From hospital greeters to volunteer cooks and fundraisers to support group coordinators – nominations are now being sought for the annual Health Volunteer of the Year awards.

The Minister of Health Volunteer awards, running since 2013, recognise individuals or teams of volunteers for long-term dedication and achievement, an outstanding accomplishment, or contribution above and beyond expectations.

Last year’s overall winner was the Wellington Hospitals Volunteer Service whose about 450 volunteers’ services include meeting and greeting 30,000 hospital visitors and knitting more than 9000 garments.

Individual winners last year included a regular rest home visitor who provided treats for residents’ birthdays, helped out with the dishes and brought in a breakfast chef one day so the usual cooks could take a break. Other winners included iMoko volunteers who did throat swabs and delivered medicines to children; Cancer Society volunteer drivers, and the local coordinator of a trust that provides meals for families with newborn babies or children struggling with illness.

There are six categories for outstanding achievement with the winner of one of those categories going on to win Health Volunteer of the Year.

Nominations are accepted from health and disability services providers and organisations that deliver health programmes receiving government funding. People nominated in a previous year can be renominated.

Nominations close on Friday May 18. More information and nomination forms are available here.

The 2018 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards will be presented during National Volunteer Week from 17–23 June 2018, New Zealand’s largest celebration of volunteering.

Awards categories:

  • Health Volunteer of the Year
  • Outstanding achievement by a Health Care Provider Service (including hospitals, public health organisations and general practices)
  • Outstanding achievement by a Community or NGO Health Service
  • Outstanding achievement by a Māori Health Service
  • Outstanding achievement by a Pacific Health Service
  • Outstanding achievement by a Youth Health Volunteer
  • Outstanding achievement in Long Service.

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