Government unveils volunteer award winners

More than 200 groups have been recognised

More than 200 organisations have received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the government has announced.

The awards were issued to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and her birthday honours.

The winners include the Buddy Bag Foundation, which gave out 10,000 support bags last year to children newly arrived in the UK as refugees, and The Oasis Centre, which provides food and health advice to families in Cornwall.

The Queen’s Award is the highest award the government gives to volunteers.

This year, 243 charities and community groups were recognised.

Nigel Huddleston, the minister for civil society and youth, congratulated the winners and said: “Our volunteers give up their time to help others, and The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises their selfless acts of generosity and kindness.”

Martyn Lewis, former chair of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, who chaired the awards panel, said: “The level of commitment and innovation shown by these volunteers is truly impressive.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to them, and the countless others who give up their free time regularly to improve the lives of others in their community.”

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