PEOPLE can now nominate New Forest-based volunteers and voluntary organisations for an award.

Community First New Forest Volunteer Centre has started preparations for its next recognition and celebration event, to be held on March 20.

Volunteer Centre coordinator Sarah Suddrey said: “Volunteers very rarely ask for recognition but they most certainly deserve it.

“This event is to celebrate the efforts of so many across the New Forest who give of their time freely and make such a difference in their local communities.

“Please get in touch if you know any deserving volunteers.”

Hoburne Bashley will host the event between 3pm and 5pm.

Each organisation taking part will be receiving a recognition certificate along with one for each of their volunteers.

The event will also see the celebration of outstanding commitment to volunteering through the New Forest Volunteer of the Year Award.

In order to find out further information about the awards, nominate an organisation or to volunteer go to or email .

Alternatively, call 01425 482773.

The deadline for nominations is Valentine’s Day.