Improving Lives Plymouth

Armed Forces Convenant

A charity at the heart of our community, supporting and inspiring people to improve their health and wellbeing.

Inspiring Volunteer Awards

The Awards are a partnership between Improving Lives Plymouth, Plymouth Herald and our new home of the Awards, Theatre Royal Plymouth.

2018 was the 10th Anniversary of the Awards

At Improving Lives Plymouth, we want to ensure that we promote the value of volunteering to individuals and the community alike. We take this opportunity to shout from the rooftops about how good volunteering is for everyone.

Each year the Awards are held during Volunteers Week which is a national initiative promoted by Volunteering England/NCVO and is an important week in the calendar for the Voluntary Sector.

2018 Winners


Outstanding Contribution Award – Sponsored by Theatre Royal Plymouth
Winner: Marlene Turner

Brendan Sinnott Young Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by The Pioneers Project

Student Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Kitsons
Winner: Ben Curwen

Turning Point Award – Sponsored by Bombshells Hair and Beauty
Winner: Mel Walker

Long-Term Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by J.Dorothea Smith Photography
Winner: Pat Reed

Volunteer Team of the Year – Sponsored by The Herald
Winner: The Six O'clock Club

Health and Well-being Award – Sponsored by Livewell Southwest
Winner: Janet Hearle 

Improving Lives Plymouth Award – Sponsored by Improving Lives Plymouth
Winner: Carolyn Beahan

Employee Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Plymouth City Council
Winner: Bombshells Hair and Beauty

Inspiring Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Our Plymouth
Winner: The Plymouth Parent Advococay Volunteers






 Picture: 2018 Winners. Photographer: Jo Dorothea-Smith