Rodney Powell Awards 2022

Rodney Powell

The Rodney Powell Awards recognise and celebrate the huge contribution volunteers make to both the lives of blind and partially sighted people and the work of Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT).


Rodney Powell was Thomas Pocklington’s great nephew. He was a trustee at TPT for 37 years from 1983 to 2020, when he sadly passed away.  You can read more on Rodney and his contribution to the charity in our article.


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What are the award categories?

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1. Volunteering team of the year

Exceptional teamwork by a volunteering team demonstrating working as a team to achieve goals.

2. Volunteer of the year (individual)

Exceptional volunteer who has made an impact in their local or wider community to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

  1. Campaign of the year

This award category is new for 2022 and will mark the achievements of volunteers and/or teams who have devised a local, regional or national campaign which has benefited blind and partially sighted people.

4.    Outstanding contribution to volunteering

An individual whose contribution to volunteering has had a positive impact on the work of Thomas Pocklington Trust. This could be awarded posthumously.


The awards timetable

Nominations: 1 June – 8 July 2022.

Shortlisting: 9 July- 31 July 2022

Voting for shortlisted nominations: 1-31 August 2022.

Awards announced: At the Volunteer Conference: 8 October 2022


Who can be nominated?

Anyone who has volunteered for TPT between January 2021 and June 2022 can be nominated for an award. Ideally nominees will have volunteered with us for a minimum of three months.

For each of the award categories, those nominated will have shown a high level of commitment to their volunteering role, demonstrated the values of the charity and worked towards the strategic aims of the charity.  You can learn more about our strategy and values here.

Volunteers must have completed all mandatory training. If a nominee does not fully meet this, we will hold back the nomination from shortlisting and work with the volunteer/s to ensure their training modules are completed.


How can I nominate a volunteer or volunteering team?

Please complete the nomination form with your nominations for the 2022 Rodney Powell Awards for Volunteering.

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Background information about the nominees

If you are making a nomination, please provide an explanation supporting your nomination.  The nominations will be shortlisted based upon the information you provide on the nomination form.  The more information and examples you can provide the better.  The shortlisting panel may not know anything about the team, individual or campaign you are nominating, don’t be shy!

We have created additional guidance to help you write your nomination, please contact the volunteering team to request a copy.

The shortlisted nominees will be voted for publicly and the information we receive on the nominations will be used to help voters chose.

Remember, the votes are public votes, so the more information you can provide the better as voters may not know anything about the nominee.


How long are nominations open?

Nominations will open from 1st June 2022 until 8th July 2022.  All those shortlisted, will be notified once voting opens.


Who can vote?

Anyone can vote for any of the shortlisted nominees.


How can I vote?

Voting will open from 1st August 2022 until midnight on 31st August 2022.

Only one nomination is permitted from you per award category.

Only one vote is permitted from you per award category.

Multiple nominations or votes for the same nominee in the same award category will be disregarded.


When are the awards?

The Rodney Powell Awards 2022 will be presented at the Volunteer Conference on Saturday 8th October 2022 at Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham.


A throwback to the Rodney Powell Awards in 2021…

In 2021, we held our first ever Rodney Powell Awards ceremony!

Frances Powell, the wife of former chairman and trustee Rodney Powell, Thomas Pocklington’s great-nephew, presented the award and the evening was compered by visually impaired and multi-award-winning comedian Josh Pugh.


‘Outstanding team’ award

In 2021, the shortlisted nominations for ‘Outstanding Team’ were:

  • Bristol Sight Loss Council for its work to develop visual awareness training with Bristol Eye Hospital
  • Gloucestershire Sight Loss Council subgroup for their work with the Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council subgroup for their ‘Lets’ Get Creatively Active’ event
  • York Sight Loss Council for its work with e-scooter operator TIER, which led to the company being the first to commit to installing audible vehicle alerts to its fleet.

The winner was: York Sight Loss Council!

York Sight Loss Council received a surprise video message from Fred Jones, General Manager in the UK for e-scooter operator Tier.

‘Outstanding individual’ award

In 2021, the shortlisted nominations for the individual category were:


  • Frank McFarlane from Merseyside Sight Loss Council for raising awareness of the needs of blind and partially sighted people across employment, transport and sport.
  • Krupali Parshotam, Student Voices volunteer, for her contribution to Disabled Student Allowance reforms
  • Louise Lifely from Bristol Sight Loss Council for her contribution in developing vision awareness training.
  • Steve Ewens, also from Bristol Sight Loss Council, contributed to the Sight Loss Council and Peer Networks.

The winner in the Outstanding Individual category was Krupali Parshotam, who unfortunately could not be in attendance; however, she was able to record a thank you message, watch it below:


‘Outstanding contribution to volunteering’


In 2021, we recognised the late Wayne Jordan was recognised in this category,

Outstanding Volunteer Award presented to Wayne Jordan's daughter Kerrie.

Wayne Jordan was one of the founding members of Birmingham Sight Loss Council, sadly passed away earlier this year. He was a well-known member of the VI community in Birmingham and worked tirelessly to break down barriers and advocate for other blind and partially sighted people.

Wayne’s daughter, Kerrie, and his stepson, Jacob, were invited to say a few words. The ceremony ended on another emotional note. Anne Murphy, who sadly passed away this year, was also recognised for her role in the launch of Bedfordshire Sight Loss Council and her work to make the streets and public transport around Bedfordshire accessible for all.

The 2021 awards ceremony was an excellent opportunity to showcase the quantity of inspirational work that volunteers deliver across the country.



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