2020 Queen's Award Winners AnnouncedPublished: Tuesday, 2nd June 2020
St George’s Hall Volunteers receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
A group of volunteers based in Bewdley have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
St George’s Hall, which has over 100 volunteers, is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. Representatives of St George’s Hall will receive the award from, Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE, later this summer and when it is safe to do so. Furthermore, two volunteers from the group will attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other national recipients of this year’s Award.
The Lord-Lieutenant commented: “I am delighted that this group’s work has been recognised in this way. During our assessment visit, we were impressed by the enthusiasm of the volunteers and the diverse roles they take on; from planning large extension projects, to serving in the café and hosting film evenings.
The St George’s Hall is a perfect example of a community coming together to improve the lives of local people. The volunteers have created a vibrant, safe and accessible focal point for the local community and their Queen’s Award is very well deserved.”
Award winners this year include volunteer groups from across the UK, including a community shop in Cornwall, an environmental group in Swansea, a group working with refugees and vulnerable people in Stirling and a thriving community arts centre in County Down.
Entries are now open for the 2021 awards and the Lord-Lieutenant is keen to encourage more nominations.
The Lord-Lieutenant added: “We are currently going through extremely challenging times and I know that there are many volunteer groups working tremendously hard to support their local communities, whilst there are others that are eager to get back to work. Winning a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service gives volunteers a great boost and formally recognises the work they all do so selflessly.”
“On behalf of HM The Queen, may I take this opportunity of thanking all our County’s volunteers. You are needed now more than ever and the support that you give is a lifeline to so many.”
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.
It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.