The Guardian is inviting entries to its Public Services Awards 2011, which includes one award for Citizenship and Volunteering. This is open to teams in the private and public sectors, as well as in the public services, and is designed to recognise volunteering and other initiatives that contribute to the community.
The award aims to recognise teams in the private sector, as well as those engaged in public services, who have contributed to the enhancement of civil society through their outstanding dedication and willingness to share their time and skills through volunteering.
The award is designed to seeks to recognise schemes that promote good citizenship by employees, whether by volunteering, serving as councillors, school governors or magistrates, or perhaps by helping and representing disadvantaged groups.
Entrants must be able to give evidence of a clear policy that has been taken up by a number of staff.