VOLUNTARY and community groups from across Staffordshire are celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The honour was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002 and recognises outstanding voluntary contributions in local communities.
To date, 88 groups from Staffordshire have received this annual award with 16 scooping the award this year alone. Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ is Her Majesty’s representative for the County.
Mr Dudson said: “This is a wonderful honour that has gone from strength to strength since it was launched. Every year, our voluntary and community groups do us incredibly proud by winning this prestigious award. This year alone we had 16 winners from a wide range of groups which was fantastic news.
“These organisations are shining examples of the hundreds of groups in this County whose volunteers improve the lives of others in our communities every day. I am sure we will see many more groups being recognised in the coming years and would urge people to get themselves nominated.”
Philip Atkins, leader of Staffordshire County Council said: “Where would we be without our many community and voluntary groups helping to make Staffordshire a great place to live, work and play.
“This is truly a wonderful award and a great way of recognising and thanking our voluntary organisations for their tireless efforts in helping improve people’s lives. I do hope that our local voluntary groups will continue to put themselves forward for the award and accept the thanks and recognition they rightly deserve.”
Staffordshire groups recognised in the 2018 awards include:
- Access Tai Chi – Chesterton, Stoke on Trent
- Blurton Farm Residents Association, Blurton Stoke on Trent
- Burslem Jubilee Project, Stoke on Trent
- Burntwood & District Community First Responders, Norton Canes, Cannock
- Eccleshall Show Society
- Fish 2013 Fishing in Safe Hands, Burton on Trent
- Ford Green Hall Museum, Stoke on Trent
- Homestart Staffordshire Moorlands
- Kendall & Wall Community Interest Co
- M Y Inter Theatre, Burton on Trent
- Newcastle Weekly Blind Social Club
- Rugeley & District Community First Responders
- Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society, Stafford
- Staffordshire Buddies, Hanley, Stoke on Trent
- Staffordshire Police Cadets
- Werrington Community Volunteers
Staffordshire’s 16 winners in the 2018 awards also places them third in the Country, only beaten by two much larger metropolitan areas. Nominations for next year’s awards are open until 14 September 2018 and groups can apply and find out more at https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/