The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise exceptional service within their communities.
This year’s recipients range from the Rural Coffee Caravan Information project in Suffolk, which combats rural isolation by providing a mobile community cafe and information centre, to Calum’s Cabin in Rothesay that provides a holiday retreat on the Isle of Bute for children suffering from cancer and their families.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Independent Committee Chair Sir Martyn Lewis, said:
“The record number of nominations for this year’s Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service proves that volunteering at a grassroots level continues to thrive. This year it is a real pleasure to congratulate 281 winners – all with strong reputations for successfully tackling a wide variety of issues and problems in their communities. They are powerful examples of real democracy in action.
We know there are thousands more local organisations doing great work, and I would strongly encourage those people who have seen them in action or benefitted from their activities to consider nominating them for next year’s awards. They are the highest our country can bestow on groups of volunteers.”
The recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service are announced every year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Any volunteer-led group comprising two or more people that are making a positive impact on the lives of other people in an exceptional way can be nominated for an award. A group must satisfy the eligibility requirements before the nomination can be processed through to the assessment stages of the award.
Nominations for the 2020 awards close on Friday 13th September 2019. You can discover how to nominate an organisation at this link to the GOV.UK website.
Image: congratulations to Hayle, Cornwall based (and GRIN subscriber!)
Drama Express, winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary
Service this year.