Every event, every fundraiser and every brew made is powered by our wonderful network of fantastic members, and they mean the world to us.

There are some who go far beyond the call of duty and we feel it's important they're recognised. Our national Making a Difference Awards are designed to celebrate and say thank you to these extraordinary people.

Each winner is presented with a personally-engraved award by the Grand Master, our Chairman of the Society, in a special ceremony at our annual conference.

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Who's your hero for the 2020 awards?

Voting's now open!

  • Any member can nominate another member
  • There are four different types of award. Take a look at our most recent winners below, to see which category might best suit your preferred nominee
  • Nominees can be a paid employee or volunteer, or be in a formal or informal role – anyone can have their hat thrown onto the Making a Difference Awards stage. What matters is that they go over and above in what they do, and that they make a significant difference to people’s lives or our Society
  • Fill in a member nomination form. If you don't have a printer, ask your Branch Secretary for a copy
  • Don't delay! Your Branch needs to submit their shortlist to the national judging panel before 31 January 2020

So what are you waiting for? Give one (or more!) of your fellow members a huge shout out this year, and nominate them for a 2020 Making a Difference Award.

Enriching lives socially


"This member loves contributing to social activity, whether as a frontline organiser or backroom support. Whatever they do, they can always be relied on to get everything together for the get-togethers, and without their input events just wouldn’t be as good as they are."

Congratulations to Faye, our category winner for 2019.

Giving something back


"The focus of this member is to raise as much money as possible for worthy causes. They may be involved in organising and participating in fundraising activities or events, and will use every opportunity to help raise money or 'in kind' charitable support."

Congratulations to David, our category winner for 2019.

Working in the spirit of mutuality


"This member’s passion lies in the running of the Branch and Society as a whole. Typically they will have held one or a number of formal roles and worked collaboratively with their management committee to make positive things happen."

Congratulations to Bill, our category winner for 2019.

Giving a helping hand


"Looking after other members is what this member loves best. They are likely to be a Welfare Visitor or other caring volunteer who goes out of their way to look after the wellbeing of members – whether phoning, writing or visiting, they can always be counted on when it matters or in times of need."

Congratulations to Vivienne, our category winner for 2019.