Six voluntary groups from Milton Keynes have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which have been given out to mark Volunteer’s Week.
The QAVS is the highest accolade a voluntary organisation can achieve in the UK.
Of the seven winners in Buckinghamshire, six are from MK. The local awards in the Milton Keynes area to receive awards were:
- Bosom Pals MK
- Cowper and Newton Museum Volunteers
- Marshall Milton Keynes Athletic (MMKAC)
- MK Snap
- Olney Rugby Football Club
- The Brooklands Centre, Newport Pagnell
The MK winners are among 230 other charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.
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 HM The Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
Recipients are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Mayor of MK, Councillor Andrew Geary, said, “Congratulations to all of the worthy winners of this prestigious accolade. The diverse list of winners shows just how much the voluntary sector in MK has to offer.
“While we get used to new ways of doing things as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, it’s important that voluntary groups carry on inspiring people and continue their excellent work where possible.”
Nominations for the 2021 awards are currently open. Any group of two or more people that has participated in voluntary work for more than three years can be nominated for the award. For more information visit: https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/. Nominations close on 25 September 2020.
In a further development, the Mayor helped unveil a new pillar at the MK Rose to mark Volunteers’ Week. He joined partners from Community Action: MK, MK Community Foundation, the MK Cenotaph Trust and The Parks Trust.