Rodney Powell Award for Volunteering

Voting for shortlisted nominations is now open!!

The Rodney Powell Award recognise and celebrate the huge contribution volunteers make to both the lives of blind and partially sighted people and the work of Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT).

Rodney Powell was Thomas Pocklington’s great nephew. He was a trustee at TPT for 37 years from 1983 to 2020, when he sadly passed away.  You can read more about Rodney and his contribution to the charity in our article.


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What are the award categories?

1.                  Volunteering team of the year

Exceptional teamwork by a volunteering team demonstrating working as a team to achieve goals.


2.                  Volunteer of the year (individual)

Exceptional volunteer who has made an impact in their local or wider community to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people.


3.                 Campaign of the year

This award category is new for 2022 and will mark the achievements of volunteers and/or teams who have devised a local, regional or national campaign which has benefited blind and partially sighted people.


4.                Outstanding contribution to volunteering

An individual whose contribution to volunteering has had a positive impact on the work of Thomas Pocklington Trust. This could be awarded posthumously.


The awards timetable

Nominations: 1 June – 8 July 2022.

Shortlisting: 9 July- 31 July 2022

Voting for shortlisted nominations: 1-31 August 2022.

Awards announced: At the Volunteer Conference: 8 October 2022


Who can be nominated?

Anyone who has volunteered for TPT between January 2021 and June 2022 can be nominated for an award. Ideally nominees will have volunteered with us for a minimum of three months.


For each of the award categories, those nominated will have shown a high level of commitment to their volunteering role, demonstrated the values of the charity and worked towards the strategic aims of the charity.  You can learn more about our strategy and values here.


Volunteers must have completed all mandatory training. If a nominee does not fully meet this, we will hold back the nomination from shortlisting and work with the volunteer/s to ensure their training modules are completed.


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Background information about the nominees

If you are making a nomination, please provide an explanation supporting your nomination.  The nominations will be shortlisted based upon the information you provide on the nomination form.  The more information and examples you can provide the better.  The shortlisting panel may not know anything about the team, individual or campaign you are nominating, don’t be shy!


We have created additional guidance to help you write your nomination, please contact the volunteering team to request a copy.


The shortlisted nominees will be voted for publicly and the information we receive on the nominations will be used to help voters chose.

Remember, the votes are public votes, so the more information you can provide the better as voters may not know anything about the nominee.


How long are nominations open?

Nominations will open from 1st June 2022 until 8th July 2022.  All those shortlisted, will be notified once voting opens.


Who can vote?

Anyone can vote for any of the shortlisted nominees.


How can I vote?

Voting will open from 1st August 2022 until midnight on 31st August 2022.


Only one nomination is permitted from you per award category.

Only one vote is permitted from you per award category.

Multiple nominations or votes for the same nominee in the same award category will be disregarded.


When are the awards?

The Rodney Powell Award 2022 will be presented at the Volunteer Conference on Saturday 8th October 2022 at Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham.



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