Last chance to nominate Merseyside volunteers for Queen’s Award
Merseyside residents are being encouraged to nominate local volunteers for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service before the deadline at the end of this month.
The prestigious award for volunteer groups across the UK recognises their outstanding work in local communities. Any group of two or more people can be nominated that has participated in voluntary work for more than three years.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. This year there were 111 winners representing a variety of inspiring organisations.
Brooks Newmark, Minister for Civil Society, said:
“Every day across the country, fantastic voluntary groups work with their communities to make a real difference to people in their local area.
“If you know of a voluntary group that has gone above and beyond to help people, I would like to urge you to nominate them for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.”
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Award Committee Chair, former BBC newsreader Martyn Lewis CBE, added:
“At grassroots level in communities across the land, there are millions of people identifying and tackling issues and problems that affect our society in all kinds of ways.
“They give selflessly of time and effort to make our country better for everyone. It is people like these who deserve to be recognised by the Queen’s Award.”
Winners receive a certificate signed by the Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal. These are presented by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants at special ceremonies arranged by the Lieutenancy offices. Representatives of award recipients may also be invited to one of the Royal Garden Party events in the summer of 2015.
The closing date for nominations for the 2014 Awards is Tuesday 30 September. More details are available at www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service.
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