Awards and recognition

Local volunteer awards

Nominations for the 2018 local volunteer awards have now closed.

We are truly inspired by the quality of nominations this year and wish all the nominees good luck!

The winners will be announced at the local awards events happening throughout the country during the month of June. We will also have a full list of winners on the website shortly after.

All nominees will receive a Pat on the Back letter containing the details of their nomination and a pin badge to wear with pride.

All category winners from the Local Awards will be considered for shortlisting in the annual People Awards taking place before the end of the year.

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of nominations we cannot notify all unsuccessful nominees.

Nominations for the 2019 awards will open in March 2019.

Pat on the Back recognition scheme

Guide Dogs’ vision is of a society in which people with sight loss enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else. At Guide Dogs we really value the contribution and commitment of all our volunteers and staff, working together to ensure that our vision is achieved.

The Pat on the Back recognition scheme is designed to recognise outstanding achievements of individuals or teams volunteering or working for Guide Dogs which contribute towards our overall mission and demonstrate our values:

  • Dedicated to superior quality
  • Trustworthy
  • Inclusive and embracing
  • Customer focused
  • Maximising impact
  • Passionate and determined

What is a Pat on the Back?

Pat on the Back is a scheme whereby volunteers and staff members can be nominated for carrying out something over and above their usual activities or duties in line with our values and contributing to our overall purpose. It can be a one off activity or something that has taken place over a period of time.

Anyone can nominate a staff member or volunteer including Guide Dogs’ volunteers, staff members, clients and members of the public. Where someone doesn’t have access to the internet, a staff member may need to assist them with their nomination.

Pat on the Back nomination form

Nomination forms must be typed and submitted to

What will happen once I have submitted my nomination?

Once we have received your nomination form the person you have nominated will receive a thank you letter containing your message from the nomination form along with a Pat on the Back pin badge. We will include your name in the letter so the person knows who made the nomination.

There is no limit on how many times you can put someone forward for a Pat on the Back, but please think carefully about your reasons before submitting the individual’s details more than once.

Volunteers nominated will also be considered for a local or national volunteering award or the annual People Awards.

There is no closing date for Pat on the Back; it's a rolling programme, so it is timely and you can show your appreciation all year round!