The Adrian Evans Award
The Adrian Evans Award is an annual prize that is awarded to one or two volunteers each year in recognition of the extra effort they have gone to in order to continue supporting volunteering and development, whether that is in their local community or by continuing to support the community in which they volunteered with overseas.
The winner of the Award receives a certificate and a donation for their charity to further their charitable objectives / contribute to their ongoing projects.
Adrian Evans Award History:
The late Adrian Evans was Chairman of GAP (as Lattitude was formerly known) during the 1980s and 1990s, and was a huge influence on the development of the charity. He was convinced of the long term benefits of youth volunteering for the young people themselves and for the communities they serve.
The Adrian Evans Memorial Fund was established by Adrian’s many friends and by his widow Ingela, who works with Lattitude to provide annual Awards in his name to recognise Lattitude volunteers who continue to give their time to benefit others.
If your time volunteering through Lattitude Global Volunteering has inspired you to continue charitable work, please consider applying for the Adrian Evans Award:
Making an Application
Returned volunteers can put themselves forward for this award, be nominated by the host, by a member of staff at Lattitude or by another returned volunteer.
Awardees will receive a donation to further their charitable objectives or contribute to their ongoing projects.
To apply you will need to:
- Write c. 500 words about the charitable projects you have been involved in since returning from your placement, the objectives of those projects and how you have gone about raising funds to help further those objectives to date (if applicable). It is important to also write about how the financial donation would be used to further the objectives if you were to receive the award.
- The nominations panel which is made up of Lattitude staff and members of the Alumni will review all applications and notify those who are short listed.
- Short listed applications will be sent to the Chair of the Adrian Evans Award fund (Ingela Evans) and the successful applicant will be notified. An invitation to a presentation event is also typical – previous winners have received their award from Lattitude’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
Nominations/applications can be submitted at any time to the alumni committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Award Winners
2013 - Rob Pickford
Ni-Van Teachers, Vanuatu
Support for Project Placement School
Project Aim: To improve the children’s knowledge of places beyond the island by providing maps and books with pictures to support learning
2013 - Fiona Buckmaster
Support Ghana: http://www.supportghana.org/
- To build a new school block for the Victory Assemblies of God International School (VAGIS) which will provide two additional classrooms for the overcrowded kindergarten and nursery students, as well as providing as office for the headmaster, and supplying the school with more up-to-date textbooks and learning resources.
2015 - Alex Astley & Will Clare
- To reduce the educational inequality that exists in society today
- To reduce the number of children who are leaving primary school unable to read, write and do basic numeracy
To provide quality one-to-one free tuition for primary school pupils who are not fulfilling their potential in either Maths of English
2016 - Jenny Munday
A Girl Called Happy: http://www.agirlcalledhappy.org/
In conjunction with The Mummy Foundation in Uganda, they help to support the most vulnerable teenage mothers and their children in Katwe.
- As well as funding the college course fees and equipment, A Girl Called Happy covers the costs of their children’s education and the girls receive a weekly payment to allow them to focus on their education and learn skills for the future instead of having to work alongside the programme.
2017 - Zoe Lewis & Samuel Dzomeku
Zoe Development Foundation (now called NeedBe Foundation): https://www.facebook.com/needbefoundation/
Zoe Development Fund is a community development organisation in Ghana, working to support locally led initiatives.
- Built four classroom structures in Amuzudeve – a community with no school – and aim to secure teaching and learning resources as well as roofing for the classrooms.
- Started a cassava and maize farm in the village where proceeds from harvested farm produce will be used to raise funds for the school.
- Support the new school by recruiting volunteer teachers on a long term basis.
2019 - Daniela Hoolaeff
Alberta’s Pharmacy: https://www.gofundme.com/help-start-albertas-pharmacy
Inspired by her host mother, Alberta, who welcomed her and another volunteer into her family and community for the duration of her stay, Daniela said: “She is an amazing woman. Her main goal in life is to help people, and everything she does is to better the lives of those around her.”
Alberta explained to our volunteers her hopes of creating a local pharmacy for the community of Aperade and they wanted to help her dream come true.
- to renovate a run down building into a clean environment to set up the pharmacy
- To give the local community access to medicines at cost price rather than having to walk miles to the nearest pharmacy, sometimes carrying very ill children or elderly relatives.
Daniela’s fundraising progress can also be followed on her Facebook page: Alberta’s Pharmacy
Daniela returned to her home country of Canada in January, but Lattitude’s Director of North America, Cam Sylvester, was in the UK to accept the award on her behalf, presented by our Royal Patron, HRH Princess Anne, at one of our host placements in the UK, New College Worcester, School for the Blind & Visually impaired. (Read more about this prestigious event HERE)
Read Daniela’s Blog about Volunteering in Ghana
If Daniela’s story has inspired you to volunteer, please check out all our amazing placements on our Home Page
or if you are a return volunteer continuing to do charitable work, why not apply for the Adrian Evans Award yourself?!
Click HERE to apply.