Voluntary groups receive royal recognition

A total of 71 volunteering groups have received honours in the 2007 Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The award - which recognises "outstanding achievements" by groups of volunteers - was created five years ago to mark the Queen's golden jubilee.

This year’s winners included Generation Link, a voluntary group in London that matches young isolated parents and their children with older trained volunteers who act as surrogate grandparents.

The Muslim Burial Council of Leicestershire – which provides burial and bereavement services for the local Muslim community – was also honoured.

Another group to pick up plaudits was the St Augustine’s Centre, a voluntary community group set up to encourage integration between the host community and groups such as asylum seekers and refugees.

Ed Miliband, minister for the Third Sector, said: “The winning groups have all given so much to enrich the lives of others. But even more that this, the work they do holds our society together by giving everyone the chance to be included in their community – we all benefit from the efforts and social conscience of volunteers across the country.”

Nomination forms for the 2008 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service can be obtained from www.queensawardvoluntary.gov.uk or by calling 0845 000 2002. The nomination period runs until 30 September 2007. 

The 2007 winners were:

East Midlands

Branston Booth Village Hall Committee
Muslim Burial Council of Leicestershire
Edale Mountain Rescue Team

East of England

Helping Hands Gardening Group
MBA Association
Norfolk and Norwich Families' House
The Tilbury Riverside Project
Waveney Stardust
Friends of Somersham Library
The Blakeney Neighbourhood Housing Society

Guernsey

Les Bourgs Hospice
Grow Limited

Isle of Man

Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man

London

Brent Ladies Football Club
Friends United Network
Generation Link
Lesbian & Gay Switchboard
24th Tottenham Scout Group
New Malden Volunteers Met Volunteer Programme

North East

Darlington Coronary Support Group
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade

North West

Carisma
The Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts
Vale Royal Disability Association
Women's Enterprising Breakthrough
Woodlands Hospice Charitable Trust
Youth Action Ltd

Northern Ireland

Greater Shankill Alternatives Community Support Volunteers
Riding for the Disabled: Omagh Group
Derry City Red Cross - Meals on Wheels

Scotland

Aberdeen City Mission
Ardler Environment Group
Bargeddie Forward
Duns and District Amateur Operatic Society
Hospitalfield Organic Produce Enterprise Trust
North Lanarkshire Scramble and Quad Bike Club
Radio North Angus
Seagull Trust
Airdrie Music Project

South East

Age Concern Kingston upon Thames Schools Project
Arun
Basics Hampshire
Crawley and Horsham Home-Start
Eastbourne and South Wealdon MS Society
Home-Start Banbury and Chipping Norton
Kintbury Volunteer Group
Sir Michael Sobell House
Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre
The Archway Foundation
Volunteer Visiting Scheme

South West

Bristol Taleem-Ul-Islam
Ferndown Jijitsu Club
Headway Bristol, The Brain Injury Association
The Pewsey and District Feast and Carnival
Truro Gateway Club
Camel Group
Cornwall Blind Association

Wales

Merthyr Phab Club
Founders of Bobath Cymru
Bethlehem Church Life Centre
Cruise Bereavement Care Merthyr Tydfil

West Midlands

Cedar Tree Residents Association
Donnington Community Café
Newport Cottage Care Centre Trust
Worcester Pre-School Learning Alliance
Holy Trinity Meeting Place
The St George's Recreation Ground and Public Hall

Yorkshire and the Humber

Foresight Limited
St Augustine's Centre, Halifax
The Sheffield Association Cerebral Palsy Sports Club
Deame Kids Activity Group

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