Rodney Powell Award for Volunteering

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) is launching the Rodney Powell Award for Volunteering to recognise and celebrate the huge contribution volunteers make to both the charity and the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

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 on Rodney and his contribution to the charity in our article.  This inaugural award is a fitting tribute to the commitment and dedication he made to the charity as a volunteer trustee and Chair.


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What are the award categories?

These awards are intended to recognise the contribution a volunteer or volunteering team has made to the lives of blind and partially sighted people and TPT.  There will be three awards presented in the following categories:

1.                  Outstanding volunteering team:

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


2.                  Outstanding volunteer (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.                  Outstanding contribution to volunteering

Someone who has made an outstanding contribution through their volunteering to the work of TPT and the lives of blind and partially sighted people.  This will be judged by the team at TPT from all nominations received for individuals.


Who can be nominated?

Anyone who has volunteered for TPT between January 2020 and August 2021 can be nominated for an award. Ideally nominees will have volunteered with us for a minimum of three months.


Volunteers must have completed all mandatory training. If a nominee does not fully meet this, the nomination will not go through to public vote and we work with the volunteer/s to ensure training modules are completed.


How can I nominate a volunteer or volunteering team?

Please complete the nomination form with your nomination for outstanding team or outstanding individual for the 2021 Rodney Powell Award for Volunteering.


Background information on nominees

If you are nominating a volunteer or team for their contribution, please provide an explanation supporting your nomination.  The nominations will be voted for publicly and voters may not know anything about the nominee other than what is on the nomination form.


For how long are nominations open?

Nominations will open from 1st July 2021 until 10th August 2021.  Voting for shortlisted volunteers will then be open from 16th August until 20th September 2021.


Who can vote?

The volunteer or team awards will be selected through your nominations and a public vote process.  After nominations close, we will add a voting form here for you to vote for who you think should win. Voting will open from 16th August 2021 until midnight on 20thth September 2021.  The outstanding contribution award will be judged by TPT’s Executive Leadership Team.

Only one vote per person is permitted.  Multiple nominations for the same volunteer or team will be discounted.


How will the awards be presented?

TPT will be hosting the inaugural Rodney Powell Awards at the Sight Loss Council Conference on Saturday 9th October 2021 at Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham. More information will follow on this conference.


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Read about some of the amazing volunteers at Thomas Pocklington Trust and Sight Loss Councils

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