RSPB Prize for Best Urban Voluntary Action for Nature

Every year RSPB teams all around the UK are asked to nominate the volunteers who have gone above and beyond and made a real difference to the natural world. These people have done extraordinary things with passion and enthusiasm and have tirelessly given their time, energy, and skills. The RSPB has around 1,300 paid members of staff and 12,000 volunteers.

Awards are given in eight categories:-

· Best Urban Voluntary Action for Nature

· Community Champion Award

· Most Outstanding Voluntary Action Award

· Outstanding Volunteer Leader

· Most Impactful Newcomer

· Best Volunteering Team Award

· Inspirational Young Volunteer of the year

Our wonderful local group has won the RSPB Prize for Best Urban Voluntary Action for Nature.

This award is a tremendous accolade from central RSPB to our happy, busy group, and our wonderful projects. It is great that our work is recognised and appreciated right at the top of the RSPB.

In 2023 all awards, except “Best Volunteering Team”, were given to individuals working on RSPB nature reserves. Best volunteering team went to “Twitch TV” a group of media savvy youngsters making a YouTube channel. To Nick’s knowledge Local groups did not feature.

Last year the awards were presented by the RSPB President Amir Khan and CEO Beccy Speight on June 4. This year the presentation will be on June 2.

Michelle Barrett, Local Groups Development Officer, who recommended our Group, wrote:-

I am writing (with a smile) to confirm your group have won the ‘Best Urban Action for Nature’ President’s Award.

As you know, I nominated Worcester and Malvern for ‘Best Volunteer Team’. I’ve spoken to Ally and as expected she explained that the panel loved reading about Worcester and Malvern’s projects and felt they could award you under the ‘Best Urban Action for Nature’ due to the scope of projects you have.

I hope this makes sense, Nick, and that you know this award reflects the work of the whole team. Ally wrote to me separately to say ‘They were amazing and we all LOVED them’.

Ally Hammock, Volunteering Development Manager wrote; –

There were so many amazing nominations this year and judging was incredibly hard but the people you nominated won over our hearts and we felt they were all incredibly deserving of the awards.

Mel Dyer, Area 9 Manager, wrote: –

‘The group is an inspiration to the wider team, a group we can hold up as an example of what people are capable of if we invest in them and trust them. ’

Nick Skilbeck