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Class Networks are supporting the awards for the 10th consecutive year.

Nominations are now closed for the Third Sector Awards Cymru 2017

Please watch this space for information about who has been shortlisted and how to cast your vote for the Class Networks award for the most admired organisation!

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Third Sector Awards Cymru 2017 OG

Countless third sector groups all across Wales do inspirational things every day.

If you know a group that deserves recognition for their achievements, nominate them for the Third Sector Awards Cymru 2017 and give them their moment in the spotlight.

The Third Sector Awards Cymru promote, recognise and celebrate the hard work and great achievements of third sector groups from around the country.

The very best in Wales' third sector organisations are honoured across seven categories, and winners will receive their awards at an exclusive ceremony in Cardiff in February 2018.

What do you need to do?

  • Read the rules of the scheme (below).
  • Get the permission of your chief officer/director or chair before nominating your own organisation (chief officers/ directors and chairs can also nominate) in categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Get the permission of the chief officer/director or chair of the organisation you are nominating in category 7. Organisations may not nominate themselves in this category.
  • Complete a nomination form: only make one nomination per nomination form.
  • Return the nomination form by 10 November 2017 to:

    or by post to:

    Third Sector Awards Cymru
    Baltic House
    Mount Stuart Square
    CF10 5FH


  • The judging panel will select one winner in categories 1-6.
  • Eligible entries in the most admired award category will be going to a public vote, details of which will available on the WCVA website after the closing date.
  • Winners and shortlisted nominees will receive guest invitations to the awards ceremony and dinner in Cardiff in February 2018, where they will be presented with the award.

Read more about the awards and last year's winners here or contact the WCVA helpdesk for more information on 0800 2888 329 or 


There are six categories in which you can nominate your own organisation and a seventh to nominate another organisation.

Category 1
Award for best communications
Supported by Creative Loop

Does your organisation have an effective or different way of communicating your message? How well do you communicate? - with your staff or volunteers; with your members or service users; or perhaps you are using social media to get your messages out?

Category 2
The environmental award

Has your organisation developed a project to deliver environmental benefits to the local area or community? Have you helped protect species or habitats; run sustainable resource, food or travel projects or taken steps to reduce your carbon footprint as an organisation and through the services you provide?

Category 3
Health, social care and wellbeing award*

How has your organisation put people at the centre and co-designed and codelivered services with them to make a real difference to their lives? This can be early intervention/preventive work, maintaining independent living, self-care or reablement.

*The category recognises that work in health, social care and wellbeing is often in partnership and could be a consortium or inter-agency approach: we therefore welcome applications from a partnership/consortium that is led by the third sector, as well as an individual organisation.

Category 4
Award for good governance

Trustees play a vital role in the governance, management and administration of charities and voluntary organisations. Tell us about the work your trustees do to ensure that your organisation is well run and exemplar.

Category 5
Award for innovative fundraising

This award recognises exceptional achievement amongst the fundraising community in Wales for the campaign or event which demonstrates significant innovation and creativity. Tell us about how your fundraising team were able to create a successful and innovative campaign to raise money in these difficult times.

Category 6
Award for digital inclusion
Supported by Digital Communities Wales

Tell us how your organisation is promoting basic digital skills and helping your members or service users to get online. Are you equipping your staff and volunteers with digital skills? Are you working with other organisations to co-ordinate digital inclusion activities in your area?

Category 7
Class Networks award for the most admired organisation*

Which voluntary organisation or group do you admire most for the causes it represents and the work it does? Nominate an organisation and tell us why. Organisations may not nominate themselves in this category.

*Eligible entries in the most admired award category will be going to a public vote, details of which will available on the WCVA website after the closing date.

Rules of the scheme

  1. Nominations must be received by 10 November 2017 and sent to, or by post to WCVA, Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff CF10 5FH, using an official nomination form (or a photocopy or downloaded version).
  2. Organisations that have won first place in the 2015 and 2016 awards are not eligible for nomination in the 2017 awards.
  3. Only make one nomination per nomination form.
  4. Members of staff, trustees or volunteers cannot nominate their own organisation to category 7.
  5. Individuals may only nominate one organisation to category 7.
  6. Nominated organisations must be based in or working in Wales.
  7. Permission must be sought from the chief officer/ director or chair of the nominated organisation.
  8. Details provided on the nomination form may be passed onto partner organisations and to the media for publicity purposes. If you are not willing for any information to be shared in this way or if you do not wish media organisations to contact the nominated organisation or the nominator, please let us know as soon as possible.
  9. The judges' decision on entries is final. The judges reserve the right not to make an award in any particular category if they feel that nominations are not suitable.
  10. The nature of the awards presented is the decision of WCVA. No alternative prizes will be considered.


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We're a Trusted Supplier Partner of the WCVA, NCVO, and SCVO an ACEVO Premier Partner and proud sponsors of the WCVA Third Sector Awards. We abide by their Codes of Conduct, as providing an ethical, impartial service is at the heart of our business. 

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Nomination forms will be kept by WCVA and data entered onto a computer. Contact details and personal information may be used by WCVA for marketing and publicity purposes and may also be passed on to third parties in connection with the Third Sector Awards Cymru. The data may be considered as sensitive personal data where the individual or organisation is involved with matters relating to race, ethnic origins, politics, religion or similar beliefs, physical or mental health, or sexual life. By providing information on this form you are consenting to WCVA collecting and using your data in the manner set out above. If you wish to find out any more about the way that we process data please contact us at the following address:

Wales Council for Voluntary Action, Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff, CF10 5FH. Registered charity number 218093. Company limited by guarantee 425299. September 2017