Helping families fleeing from domestic violence, Nicolle Edwards

Nicolle Edwards has been nominated for the Excellence in Volunteer Management Award for her contributions with victims of domestic violence.

Nicolle is the founder and director of RizeUp, a charity organisation that provides practical support to families who are fleeing from domestic violence.

Her organisation has managed over 200 volunteers in Queensland, despite the fact that it was only formed two years ago.

Susan Crain, a volunteer for RizeUp, said “Nicolle is a natural leader who is generous, engaging and highly supportive of all the team.”

“Her passion for the charity grew from experiencing first hand, through assisting a friend, the serious, painful ramifications of domestic violence.”

CEO of Volunteering Queensland, Mara Basanovic, said the Volunteering Awards acknowledge the extraordinary and valuable work done every day by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state.

“These prestigious awards highlight and pay tribute to the caring individuals who inspire and epitomise the spirit of volunteerism through their compassion, commitment and hard work. The positive impact they contribute strengthens and connects their communities.”

“The awards also promote the enormous value and vital contribution of volunteering to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland.”

Award recipients will be announced during National Volunteer Week, which runs from 8 - 14 May 2017.