The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) has announced the 244 winners of its latest round of awards, which coincides with the monarch’s platinum jubilee celebrations.
This is the highest award from the Queen for local volunteer groups to recognise their support for communities and is billed by organisers as the ‘MBE for volunteer groups’.
“These outstanding local volunteer groups are based all over the UK and represent grassroots volunteering at its very best,” says the QAVS.
“They show the many ways in which committed bands of volunteers are working to make things better for everyone in the local community and getting alongside those who are struggling.”
Winners include the volunteers that work for Lace Maker Theatre in Nottingham who support live community theatre and providing skills and experience for people.
Others include Newmills Wildlife Gardening Club in County Tyrone, who provides therapeutic gardening opportunities.
Also winning an award is Llanelli based Friends R Us Aberdare, whose volunteers provide mental health support to local people.
Among the winners, 204 are from England, 22 from Scotland, five from Wales and 13 from Northern Ireland.
“Our volunteers give up their time to help others and The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises their selfless acts of generosity and kindness,” said charities minister Nigel Huddleston.
“I congratulate all the awardees whose hard work and dedication is rightly recognised in this milestone year of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”