Recognising Volunteers


The extraordinary commitment of RDA Volunteers should be recognised and rewarded whenever possible.

You may have your own ways to reward the people who help your Group, but you might also like to have your volunteers recognised by RDA UK too.

The Volunteer of the Year Award, President’s Award, Over & Above Award and Long Service Awards are all a great way to say ‘thank you’.

RDA Brilliant Person award

To recognise the extraordinary efforts and achievements of RDA groups and individuals over the past 6 months we are launching a one-off award, which opens today.

Brilliant Person

We’re looking for someone (participant/volunteer/supporter – anyone) who has gone above and beyond to support their group, achieved something special and/or come up with a creative idea to help RDA during lockdown or restart.

Nominations can come from anyone within RDA and it doesn’t matter if we get multiple nominations for the same person, so please share this with your network.

You can find the criteria and straightforward entry form online here:

Nominations close on Friday 2 October. The winner will be announced on the same day as the RDA AGM: 6 November.

Over & Above Award

The Over and Above Award is designed to recognize volunteers who have gone beyond the call of duty and given something exceptional to the group.  This might be a brilliant idea, putting in extra hours at a difficult time or doing something really special.  This award is not limited by length of service.

Nominate Someone For an Over and Above Award

Long Service Awards

A great way to recognize the dedication and commitment of volunteers at your group is through one of our service awards.  We have certificates available in 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40 years.

Order service awards for free through the Group Order website

The Volunteer of the Year Award

This award is for a volunteer who has made an exceptional contribution in a particular year. An award is made for each region and subsequently a national winner is selected and are presented an award at our awards ceremony in the autumn

Nominations for 2020 are now open, closing on Friday 2nd October.

Nominations made after this date will not be counted.

President’s Award

The President’s Award is the most prestigious volunteer award within RDA and is awarded for service of an exceptional nature over a period of not less than 30 years.

Nominations for the President’s Award are currently closed and we will advise when nominations can re-open.

Writing Citations

Some awards do require citations to be written, and getting started can often be a difficult first step. We’ve put some guidance together to help you write fantastic award citations.

Download Writing Citations Factsheet

Page Last Updated: September 18, 2020