Chance to nominate voluntary group for Royal award
Council Leader Tom Fox is encouraging residents to nominate
voluntary groups in the borough for a special Royal accolade.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service –
the MBE for volunteer organisations – was created by the Queen to
mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and recognises the outstanding
contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.
Next year, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, is also the
Award’s 10th anniversary.
Nominations must be received by Friday 30
September, with further information available from www.direct.gov.uk/qavs or email
Whether the nomination comes from friends,
family or beneficiaries, or a member of the public, award
organisers say it’s a great way to recognise the huge contribution
volunteering groups make to people's lives.
Cllr Fox said: “Across this borough there
are many hundreds of people who give up their free time to help
their communities, from the many dozens of in-bloom and friends
groups, to the clubs and societies that help our young people and I
would personally like to pay tribute to their hard work and
“These awards are a great way for people to
recognise their efforts and I would encourage residents in the
borough to put in a nomination before the deadline lapses.”
Among the 983 organisations who have
already received this award in the last 10 years are volunteers
from groups working in large cities and rural communities across
the United Kingdom.
These groups support the needs of people of all ages, abilities,
social backgrounds and ethnic origins.