Two outstanding voluntary groups from Worcestershire have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for voluntary groups in the UK.
Sight Concern supports people through the whole sight loss journey. They give people essential information and emotional support following diagnosis. They teach them new skills, help them to access aids, equipment and support services.
The Monday Night Club is an organisation providing evening recreational and leisure activities for adults with learning disabilities and autism, providing opportunities to socialise, be active and develop skills.
Representatives from both organisations will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 5 June where they will meet The Queen and other awardees of this year’s 2018 award.
250 volunteer-led groups received this prestigious award this year. The number of awarded groups have increased again this year, demonstrating the continuous expansion and value of the voluntary sector in today’s society.
This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise exceptional service within their communities. The recipients of the award are announced each year on 2 June - the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Sight Concern and The Monday Night Club will receive their award from the Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire later this summer.
Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said:
“Everyone who has received this award should be incredibly proud. Their service, commitment and care has a profoundly positive impact on communities throughout the country and I am delighted they have been recognised with this prestigious award.
“The record number of recipients this year is testament to the strength of the voluntary sector and I am sure this trend will continue into the future. If you know any organisations that deserve to be recognised, make your voice heard and nominate them for next year.”
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Independent Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:
"This year’s record number of Queen’s Award awardees are a powerful testimony to the remarkable achievements and innovative ideas which characterise volunteering in the UK. They prove that, more than ever, volunteers beavering away at grassroots level are the active lifeblood of our communities, identifying all kinds of problems and issues and tackling them with enthusiasm, talent and a high degree of success.
“The recipients of the Queen’s Award are at the very top of a formidable volunteering movement in the UK involving millions of our citizens, and going from strength to strength.”