There’s still an opportunity to nominate exceptional local volunteer organisations for a top national award. But time is running out fast.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest national recognition for voluntary organisations. Three Alderney organisations – the WRVS, the Alderney Library and Alderney Cancer Relief – have received the award previously.
Malcolm Woodhams, Chair of the Association of Guernsey Charities, urging islanders to nominate their favourite non-profit organisation said recently:
‘The local voluntary sector touches the lives of so many within our communities, and constitutes a valuable and respected part of the Bailiwick. The work undertaken by many local organisations is essential; never more so than through the difficult times this year. It is important to recognise and celebrate the islands’ strong volunteer spirit.
Mr Woodhams emphasised that if you know of a local volunteer organisation that you think deserves recognition then now is the time nominate them.
He confirmed that nomination is a simple process and encouraged islanders to show volunteer organisations just how much their work is appreciated by nominating them for the award.
The Lieutenant-Governor, HE Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder, said that the Queen’s Awards is the gold standard of voluntary service:
‘It’s the equivalent of the MBE and the highest award for volunteer-led organisations, The award not only recognises excellence but also certifies that a charity follows the best working practices of the third sector. Any group that receives it can be rightly proud.’
His Excellency also paid tribute to volunteers throughout the Islands: ‘The Bailiwick’s voluntary sector is second to none, so it’s no surprise that local charities regularly feature in the annual Awards list.’ He added: ‘I’m sure there are plenty more out there that could be contenders.’
Since 2014, all nominations for The Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service have been made directly by members of the public. Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the Award. The group should have been running for at least three years, with the majority of participants being volunteers.
For full details on The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and to make a nomination, visit http://qavs.direct.gov.uk/. Advice can be obtained from the Office of the Lieutenant-Governor Tel. 726666.
But you’ll have to be quick.
Nominations close at midnight on Friday 25 September (the Awards will be published next June).