F.A.Q's


Regretfully, the 2020 Awards Programme has been cancelled due to the little amount of volunteering currently taking place during lock down restrictions.

Plans are already underway however to launch the 2021 campaign which we are sure will be bigger and better than anything that has gone before.

Our current statement on the Covid 19 situation is available here
There are lots of categories, and you can enter or be nominated for one or more.

If you volunteer on the Scottish Canal network, or are a member of one of the volunteer organisations, then you are eligible to enter or be nominated.

If you run an event or an organisation on the canals, and are predominantly run by volunteers, you are eligible to submit an entry.


The awards are free to enter, and are open to all volunteers / organisations involved on the Scottish canal network

You do not have to be a member of any of the many volunteer organisations to enter, although we hope your experience of being involved in our awards may encourage you to join us!


Participating in the awards is an important way to recognise and promote the value of volunteering and how it has and is sustaining 'our' canals ?

Learn more about the value of volunteering here.
Nominating someone, (or an organisation) for an award is easy, and can be done on-line from the Award Category pages.   Click on the "Read More" button for the award in which you wish to nominate someone, and you will then find fuller details on the award, and a big blue button to push to nominate someone.    Fill out the details asked for.

Yes, you do not have to use the on-line form (although that is the easiest way to do it).   You can simply send an email to info@scv-awards.co.uk, following the guidelines for the award in which you wish to nominate someone.
Yes, there are a number of categories where the judges will also be looking at the support an organisation gets from the general public or other community organisations.

The organisations must already be nominated for one of the following categories ..

  • Canal Organisation of the Year
  • Best Volunteer Led Canal Festival or Event
  • Best Volunteer Led Tourist Attraction

To place you vote, simply click on the Voting Forms on the About tab on the main menu
Votes of support cannot take place until the organisation or event has been nominated for an award.   If your favourite organisation or event is not listed on the voting form, it has either not yet been nominated, or its nomination is pending, and will be added shortly.

The organisations or events that can benefit from your vote are in the following categories only ..

  • Canal Organisation of the Year
  • Best Volunteer Led Canal Festival or Event
  • Best Volunteer Led Tourist Attraction

There are differing deadlines for the various award categories.    These are detailed on the award category "more info" information sheets on the Award Category pages.   We regret that entries / nominations made after the deadline for a specific category will not be considered for an award.
Nominees on the shortlist for an award will be announced 4 weeks before the Award Ceremony, and all winners will be announced at the awards presentation ceremony on 6th November 2020

The award ceremony is being held on Friday 6th November at 7:00pm for 7:30pm at The Falkirk Wheel.   Tickets will be released for sale for those wishing to attend the ceremony.
It could not be easier.   Just click on this link and then fill in your name and email address on the attached form.   You will then receive regular updates regarding this year's award programme.  Or SUBSCRIBE HERE
If you have an event coming up which you would like to publicise (and it involves volunteers), you can use the event submission form, or simply send details to info@scv-awards.co.uk and we will try to include your event in the Event Listings.  Remember to send us an image which best represents your event.   Simply attach your image to your email.
If you know of a Case Study which you think would be of interest to volunteers, please send details to us.

You can use the Case Study Submission Form, or simply send details to info@scv-awards.co.uk and we will try to include your event in the Case Study Listings.  Remember we need at least one image which best represents the feature / case study.   Simply attach your images to your email.
If you have a requirement for volunteer helpers, either for general help or a specific task, please send details to us.

You can use the Volunteer Opportunities Submission Form, or simply send details to info@scv-awards.co.uk and we will try to include your event in the Volunteer Opportunity Listings.  Remember to include an image which best represents the opportunity.   Simply attach your image to your email.
If you have a question that is not answered above, please email us on info@scv-awards.co.uk and we will try and help.