Sussex Day Volunteering Story Competition

This year we are excited to announce the launch of a story competition for Sussex Day.

Entries are now open for our competition celebrating inspirational volunteering stories at local charities and community groups across Eastbourne, Lewes District and Wealden.

Over the last year, we know that our local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector has stepped up to meet the needs of people right across our area, supporting some of the most vulnerable in our communities. To celebrate Sussex Day on 16 June, we want to showcase some of the amazing volunteers who have made a difference.

Four winning VCSE groups or organisations will each receive a £250 cash prize.

How to enter

If you are a local charity, community group, social enterprise or mutual aid group, we would love to receive a photo and a few short lines describing your volunteers’ inspirational work over the last year.

The competition requirements include:

  • Photos must contain a volunteer or volunteers
  • Photos must be accompanied by a short write-up
  • Photos must be taken in Eastbourne Borough, Lewes District or Wealden District
  • VCSE organisations must be based or working in Eastbourne Borough, Lewes District or Wealden District

Photos must be in good quality digital format (large file from your phone – 300 dpi).

You must submit your entries to us via the online entry form below.

Please see the competition terms and conditions at the bottom of the page for further information.

Following initial shortlisting, entries will be posted on our Facebook page during Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2021). The volunteering story with the most likes on Facebook will be the People’s Choice winner.

After the public vote on Facebook during Volunteers’ Week, our panel will confirm the People’s Choice winner and make a decision on the 3 additional finalists. All 4 winning entrants will be announced to celebrate Sussex Day on Wednesday 16 June 2021.

The four winners will each receive a cash prize of £250 to support the work of their community group.

We will aim to feature as many photos and stories as possible throughout the next year from all of the submissions sent to us.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 23 May 2021 has been extended to Monday 31 May 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Best of luck!

Sussex Day Volunteering Story Competition

Online entry form

Stories are no longer being accepted this year. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook to see all the amazing entries!

Story competition terms and conditions

Competition information

Image(s) (large file from your phone – 300 dpi), together with the relevant entry form, must be submitted digitally via the online form on our website. We regret that we are unable to accept postal entries.

The closing date is Sunday 23 May 2021 Monday 31 May 2021 at 11:59 pm. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

3VA will then put together a list of shortlisted entries, which will be put to a public vote on 3VA’s Facebook page on 1 June 2021. Voting will take place throughout Volunteers’ Week from 1-7 June. Voting on Facebook will end on Monday 7 June 2021 at 4:00 pm.

Following the public vote to decide the People’s Choice selection, a panel will consider which photos and write-ups represent the 3 most inspirational volunteering stories and choose additional winners, all to be announced on Sussex Day (Wednesday 16 June 2021).

The winners will be notified directly and featured on 3VA’s website and social media channels.

The winning entries will receive a £250 cash prize to support the work of their organisations.

Competition rules

To enter this competition you must be the author of the image(s) and own the copyright. 3VA accepts no liability if an image is unlawfully reproduced.

Entries must include a photo and a short write-up, which need to be submitted by a local VCSE organisation or mutual aid group based or working in Eastbourne, Lewes District or Wealden. The photo must contain a volunteer or volunteers and have been taken in Eastbourne Borough, Lewes District or Wealden District.

If there is a tie for the People’s Choice selection, the £250 prize will be split by the winners.

Entrants must ensure that everyone featured in the photograph has given their consent to be included and used for the purpose of the competition. By submitting your photograph you are confirming you have the required permission.

Entrants will retain the copyright of their image(s) but in entering the competition they agree to allow 3VA to reproduce, enlarge, publish, exhibit (print and digital) their image(s) in any future promotional or charity literature. Images submitted may also be featured in the local press.

The winners will be notified directly and will be featured on 3VA’s website and social media sites.

Payments can only be made to a charity or community group bank account. If the group does not have an account, 3VA can hold the funds on its behalf and distribute in one transaction.

3VA’s decision on the winning entries is final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging and competition organisation.

By entering the competition you agree to 3VA using your details to process your entry. Your details will not be used for marketing purposes.

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