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Wow thank you

February 2021

We're no longer running our Inspire Awards, but we've got new exciting ways to say thank you.

From 2021, we're delighted to announce that we have a new way to thank and recognise our volunteers at Diabetes UK. 

We spoke to you, our volunteers and also our colleagues about the best way we could say thank you for everything you do. After carefully looking at all of the feedback we received, we’ve made the decision that we’ll no longer run our annual Inspire Awards.

We think that our new way of thanking will be more timely, more achievable and even more meaningful. We hope to create wow moments, from small touches up to Diabetes UK merchandise and lab tours.

Why have we decided to no longer run the Inspire Awards?

You told us it’s time for a change and, whilst the Inspire Awards were great, we want the chance to recognise more of our volunteers for the little achievements as well as the big.

In a 2019 survey, you told us that awards weren’t the main motivating factor when it came to volunteering, but other kinds of recognition were much more valuable. We’ve listened to your feedback and we think our new ways of recognising the incredible effort you give as volunteers will mean we say thank you to more people, more often.

We’ve held the Inspire Awards for a number of years and we’ve celebrated countless incredible achievements from our volunteers, creating so many memorable moments along the way. We’d like to take this opportunity to say a massive well done to all our past nominees and winners, and thank you to everyone who’s ever taken the time to nominate someone for an Inspire Award.

Will I still get to go to events and meet other volunteers?

You’ve told us how much you value the chance to meet up and chat with other volunteers. Don’t worry, we’ll still hold celebratory and networking events online or in person across the UK.  We’re also looking at ways we can make it easy for you to talk to other volunteers away from organised events.

Being asked for your opinion on things that will affect you and your role ranked highest in what makes you feel valued in the motivation and recognition survey. You also told us we could do more to show you the impact you make, and provide more opportunities for developing new skills.

We’ll be asking you how we’re doing in these areas in our Annual Volunteering Survey a little later this year.

Who can I speak to if I want to share my thoughts?

We’re always keen to hear from you about your volunteering experience with us, so we welcome any questions or feedback. Please email us at

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