Volunteer Recognition Program

Would you like to recognise a volunteer for their amazing dedication and effort in the Glen Eira community? We encourage not-for-profit and community-based groups to nominate volunteers for special recognition as part of our celebration of National Volunteer Week.

Key dates — Volunteer Recognition Program 2023

  • Applications open: Monday 30 January 2023
  • Applications close: Friday 10 March 2023

Community Awards Event: Held during National Volunteers Week beginning 15 May 2023 (date to be confirmed)

Applications for the 2023 Program are now open until 10 March 2023.

Guidelines are available with information on how to nominate.

​Volunteers make up an important part of the Glen Eira community and provide valuable contributions through their work with a wide variety of community groups and organisations.

Each year we recognise nominated volunteers at our annual Community Awards event held in mid-May during National Volunteers Week.​

Eligibility to nominate

Organisations/groups that are not-for-profit and provide community-based services that benefit Glen Eira residents, can nominate volunteers for an award. Organisations can nominate up to 15 volunteers each year.

All nominations must be endorsed by the organisation and recorded in minutes at a meeting prior to submission. To ensure compliance with Council’s obligations under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, please ensure that you have obtained consent from the person you are nominating. The individual completing the nomination form must be in a position of responsibility (president, secretary or office bearer).

Nomination criteria

Nominations can be made in one of seven categories. Nominees will receive a Certificate of Appreciation. Volunteers nominated must provide service within Glen Eira for the benefit of residents in the following categories:

  • 500 hours of service
  • 1,000 hours of service
  • 2,000 hours of service
  • special service
    • 10 years continuous service
    • 20 years continuous service
    • 30 years continuous service
    • 40 years continuous service
    • 50 years continuous service.

Nomination requirements

Organisations/groups must meet the following requirements:

  • Each nomination should be completed using Council’s online Volunteer Recognition Program nomination form on the Smartygrants portal.
  • Consent must be obtained from the person being nominated in accordance with Victorian privacy laws.
  • Volunteers should be nominated once for each category as hours of service are cumulative. For example, a volunteer who receives a 500-hour award will next be eligible to receive a 1,000-hour award.

Annual Community Awards event

Each year Council publicly celebrates and thanks our volunteers at the Community Awards event held in mid-May during National Volunteer Week. Details about the event are announced closer to the date.

Organisations/groups will be required to co-ordinate the attendance of their eligible volunteers. Subsequent to the award event, all Volunteer Recognition Program recipients are publicly acknowledged by Glen Eira City Council.

If you have any questions about the nomination process email communityawards@gleneira.vic.gov.au or call 9524 3333.