Berkshire receives ten winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
TEN Berkshire volunteer groups received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which recognizes their exceptional work.
The awards program was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.
This award, equivalent to an MBE, is the highest award a volunteer group can receive in the UK.
The recipients are announced each year on June 2, the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.
This year’s winners include groups of volunteers from across the UK.
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241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups will receive this prestigious award this year and Berkshire County received 10 winners.
Berkshire has received 84 winners since 2002.
Here is the list of winners:
Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara (GMGG)
Providing hot meals and food packages to those in need during the COVID pandemic.
Learning to Work (Slough)
Prepare schoolchildren for the world of work through career guidance, work experience and employer-led events and activities.
Hear Us (Wokingham)
A small user-led campaign group that writes and delivers a range of disability awareness training.
MIOD Corsham Military Co-Sponsoring Team (out of county but most work done in Berkshire)
Saving and improving lives in Berkshire as medical first responders before emergency services.
No5 Youth (Reading)
Offer confidential listening and advice to support children, young people and those around them.
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Alyson Wylding, Director of No5, said: “We are very honored to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
“I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of our volunteer advisers and young ambassadors has been recognized in this way.
“Their commitment to supporting local youth, especially in the extremely difficult circumstances we all faced during the pandemic, has been astounding.
“Without them we would not have been able to accompany thousands of young people to Reading over the past 50 years.”
Reading family help group (reading)
Reading Family Aid Group brought a smile to underprivileged children in the Reading neighborhood.
Ruth Perkins, President, said: “When we heard that we were going to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, we were so excited, amazed and humbled.
“It was a huge honor to be nominated for this, but actually receiving it is overwhelming.
“I would like to thank Cllr Paul Woodward, then Mayor of Reading, for nominating us and Homestart Reading for supporting his nomination.”
Reading Rowing Club (Reading)
Promote rowing as an enjoyable sport for all, offering valuable personal and community benefits.
Reading smart works (reading)
Fight poverty by helping disadvantaged women find employment with tailored interview coaching and professional clothing.
Sarah Burns MBE, President of Smart Works Reading, said, “We couldn’t do what we do without our incredible group of hardworking, professional and dedicated volunteers. They share their skills and expertise to help so many disadvantaged women find jobs. ”
She added, “We are so proud of our volunteers, past and present. We know how hard they work and the impact they have. We are delighted that this award helps more people understand and appreciate the difference our volunteers make.
The Link Foundation (outside the county but most of the work is done in Berkshire)
Provide practical support to disadvantaged children and families in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire.
The Link visit program (Wokingham)
Offer local support to people suffering from loneliness and isolation.
Representatives of these groups are expected to receive their awards from Mr. James Puxley, Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire, later this year.
Mr Puxley commented: “I am delighted and delighted that this year 10 Berkshire charities have seen their good work and the work of their volunteers recognized by receiving a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. ”