On Wednesday I went to teach at Acorn and Squirrel Rda group which is based in Exeter, Devon. This was the very first Rda group that I Started to teach at.
Every one was very happy because we were told that our Rda group had been awarded ‘ The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service’
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.
Any group of 2 or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.
To be nominated they should do work that:
- provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community
- is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it
- is run locally
Volunteer groups should have been running for 3 years or more to be nominated.
What the winners get
Winners get a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal. Representatives from the group may also be invited to attend a royal garden party.
How the winners are decided
Local assessment panels look at all the nominations and decide which ones to send to the National Award Committee.
The committee makes recommendations to the Cabinet Office, which sends a final list to the Queen for her approval.
Winners are announced on 2 June every year.
Its so nice that think that someone should think enough of us to nominate our group in the first place. Its even more of a privilege to be awarded it.
There was only two volunteer groups winners from Devon, ourselves and the volunteers from St Lukes hospice in Plymouth.
There was only 187 Awards given throughout the UK this year.
I celebrated when I got home with a cup of tea and a custard donut.