Innovation in Volunteering

The Innovation in Volunteering award recognises the contribution and achievements of a project delivered by volunteers that has made a significant contribution to the work of a hospice or palliative care organisation.

We'll be announcing our winners on Thursday 23 November at 5.10pm - follow our Facebook page for a live video stream!

Princess Alice Hospice winning the Innovation in Volunteering award in 2016

We are looking for projects that have shown evidence of innovation, commitment and impact on improving hospice and palliative care for patients and families.

The panel of judges will also be interested in how the project has impacted on the volunteers involved with the project, and on the profile of volunteering.

The project does not have to have been initiated or managed by a volunteer. However, volunteers must have been involved in the delivery of the project.

General criteria and guidance

  1. Enter by completing the Hospice UK Awards entry form.
  2. Entries will consist of an introductory statement of 650 characters (including spaces) followed by a statement of no more than 3,500 characters (including spaces), as to why the entrant feels his or her organisation should win. The statement should be based on the information outlined below. Entrants may also submit supporting information such as relevant literature, media coverage, etc.  Extra info must be e-mailed to clearly identifying which entry it refers to.
  3. Each entry will be judged by a panel appointed by Hospice UK.
  4. Each category will have a winner, with no runners up.
  5. Full Members and Subscribers of Hospice UK are eligible to enter.
  6. No one employed by Hospice UK may enter the awards.
  7. Projects should have been initiated or be completed during the twelve month period up to end August 2017.
  8. By entering these awards, entrants agree to work with Hospice UK to develop a case study about their project which can be shared with other hospices.
  9. In certain circumstances, if the standard of entries is considered not high enough, the judges may elect not to make a particular award.
  10. The closing date for entries in all categories has been extended to 27 September 2017.
  11. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence can be entered into.

Suggested information to include in your entry

How original was the innovation?

  • Was it a new concept or a variation of an existing idea?
  • Was it developed independently or in cooperation with others?

What was the impact of the innovation?

  • Was there a measurable benefit to users?
  • Was there a unique feature/benefit because the project was delivered by volunteers?


  • Can this innovation be applied to other hospice and palliative care organisations?

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