Nominations open for Rodney Powell Awards for Volunteering

Nominations are now closed and voting is open until 31 August 2023

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Nominations are now open for the inaugural Rodney Powell Awards for Volunteering. You can nominate a Sight Loss Council volunteer member or team, alongside wider volunteers who support Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT).

TPT launched the award to recognise and celebration the contribution volunteers make to the charity and the lives of blind and partially sighted people. This includes the immense contribution our Sight Loss Council volunteer members make to the lives of blind and partially sighted people every day.

Nominations are open from 7 June 2023 until 8 July 2023, and open to the public. Everyone shortlisted will be notified once voting opens.

Head over to the TPT website to learn how to nominate your chosen individual and/or team today.

Visit the TPT website to learn more and place your nomination


Make your nomination

Do you know who you are going to nominate to recognise and celebrate their valued work.

Here’s some feedback from some of our winners last year.

Merseyside SLC volunteer Julie, who won volunteer of the year at last year’s awards said:

“I am thrilled to have won this year’s award for Volunteer of the year. It gives me an added sense of purpose to make positive change for people living with sight loss. I will use this award as a means to persuade and influence decision makers on the NHS and culture projects that my SLC are committed to.”


Julie lee of Merseyside SLC, with TPT trustee, Judith Potts. They are both holding Julie's award, smiling at the camera.

Julie, Merseyside SLC volunteer, with Judith Potts, Trustee at Thomas Pocklington Trust


Black Country SLC volunteer Meena, who won outstanding contribution at last year’s award, said:

“I am extremely happy to have won the outstanding contribution award at the Rodney Powell ceremony. This is a great achievement for me. One I never imagined I could do a few years ago.

“Since working with the sight loss council, it has had a huge positive impact on my growth and confidence. I have enjoyed every moment and will continue to work hard with my team. I look forward to working on more projects in the future, continuing to raise awareness and improve access to services in my area.”


Meena Ratu, Black Country SLC, with Emma Hughes, Director of Services. Meena is holding her award above her head.

Meena, Black Country SLC volunteer, with Emma Hughes, Director of Services at Thomas Pocklington Trust


Award categories

Categories this year include:

  • volunteering team of the year
  • volunteer of the year
  • campaign of the year
  • outstanding contribution to volunteering

Visit the TPT website to learn more and place your nomination

Become a sighted-guide volunteer

Thomas Pocklington Trust is also recruiting volunteer sighted guides to support blind and partially sighted people at our SLC conference. This conference, where we share our learning from across the country, takes place on 7 and 8 October 2023 in Birmingham.

As a sighted guide, you will attend to help guide our blind and partially sighted Sight Loss Council members to get around the venue. You will also receive free sighted guide training, develop new skills and get the opportunity to network with others.

Learn more


Publication date: 07 June 2023

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