The 2018 Community Hero of the Year Award

Eligibility and Assessment criteria for the Community Hero Awards

  • The 2018 Community Hero Award (in association with the Volunteer Ireland Awards) is a lifetime achievement award honouring a volunteer who has made an extraordinary contribution to a good cause over the course of their lifetimes
  • This Award aims to shine a light on those remarkable individuals who, year after year, dedicate their time and energy to supporting a community and voluntary organisation, club or association
  • The ten longest serving volunteers from the 30 shortlisted nominees of the Volunteer
    Ireland Awards are eligible to be selected for the Community Hero Award

Assessment Criteria:

  • The Individual: Consider what is inspiring, creative, innovate and unique about the nominee
  • Their Dedication: Consider the dedication, the work, the time and commitment the person puts into their role
  • Their Impact: Consider how inspiring their story is and how impactful their actions have been on the organisation and the people that it serves

Shortlisting, Voting and Judging:

  • Each application that fulfills the Eligibilty Criteria for their category [see above] will be published on
  • Shorting:
    A shortlist of 5 entries will be drawn up for each category, using the specific Assessment Criteria. The Shortlisting Process is carried out by The Wheel staff. See detail of the Shortlisting process here [include hyperlink to the detail]
  • Voting:
    The shortlisted entries will be open to public voting from 12 th November to 3 rd December 2018. A weighting of 33.33% will be given to the public voting. Within each category, it will work as follows:

    • the total number of votes is counted and each of the 5 organisations is given a percentage based on its percentage of that overall vote e.g. if the total votes are 2,000, and one organisation gets 800 votes out of that total, it will be assigned 40% of that overall vote. This 40% will provide 33.33% of the total score for that application.
  • Judging:
    The judging will be done by a panel of judges, details of which will be available on the Charity Impact Awards website prior to the judging taking place, using the specific
    Assessment Criteria. A weighting of 66.66% will be given to the judge’s results. Within each category, it works as follows:

    • Judges scoring – each organisation will be marked out of 100 and as with the public voting, each organisation will be given a weighting based on its score as a percentage of the overall score for the category e.g. if the scoring for the 5 organisations is 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 that is a total of 300 marks in total, the organisation that gets 50 out of the 300 total will be given a percentage of 16.67%. This 16.67% will provide 66.66% of the total score for that application.

Charity Impact Awards

The Awards promote best practice and increase awareness of the significance and role of the nonprofit sector in Irish society.

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