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10:42, 11 Jun 2019 by Hannah Holmes

Record number of Buckinghamshire voluntary groups receive royal award

 

 

Ten voluntary organisations from across Buckinghamshire have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), the highest accolade a voluntary group in the UK can achieve. This year marks the highest number of winners in the county since the awards were first introduced in 2002.

This year's winners are:

  • Buckinghamshire MIND
  • Bux and Oxon 4x4 Response Group
  • Chalfont St Giles Youth Club
  • Chiltern Child Contact Centre, Amersham
  • Milton Keynes Museum Volunteers
  • Old Bath House & Community Centre, Wolverton
  • The Princes Centre, Princes Risborough
  • The Stablemates, Wavendon
  • Stoke Poges, Wexham & Fulmer Horticultural Society
  • Wycombe & District Neighbourhood Watch Association (WDNHWA)

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises the outstanding work carried out by voluntary groups in their local communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Representatives from each of the groups will receive their award from Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire or Alexander Boswell, Vice Lord Lieutenant, later this summer.

Sir Henry said: “I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups in Buckinghamshire who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and we look forward to meeting the volunteers when Alexander Boswell or I present each of the groups with their award.

“The list of winners is very diverse and it is pleasing to see the groups stretch across the whole of the county. When I received the full list of 2019 winners I was delighted. It is the highest number of awards Buckinghamshire has received since they were first introduced in 2002. Buckinghamshire has received the fourth highest total on the list across the whole the UK. Only Greater Manchester, Greater London and the West Midlands have received more awards this year.”

The cycle for award nominations for 2020 has now begun. New nominations can be submitted until 13 September 2019: https://qavs.direct.gov.uk

 

NOTES TO EDITORS: 

Information on each winner:
  1. BUCKINGHAMSHIRE MIND - Buckinghamshire MIND has over 400 volunteers, 144 of whom are young people, who are integrated in to the organisation. The group couldn't deliver it diverse range of mental health services and respond to demand without these volunteers. Being service-user led, 75% of the group's volunteers have personal experience of mental health problems.
  2. BUX AND OXON 4X4 RESPONSE GROUP - BORG are a group of volunteer 4x4 drivers who regularly support the local community who respond in times of emergencies such as adverse weather / flooding using their 4x4 skills, enthusiasm and willingness to get out and do what they can to protect the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people.

  3. CHALFONT ST GILES YOUTH CLUB - Chalfont St Giles Youth Club has operated for 73 years and is run totally by volunteers, 50% having matured through it. Its heartbeat is catering for all regardless of ability, age or background. The youth, dance and all-inclusive community groups provide a welcoming, safe and supportive community hub.

  4. CHILTERN CHILD CONTACT CENTRE - AMERSHAM The group provides a confidential and safe environment where children from separated families meet and enjoy time with the non-resident parent. Every family is made welcome. A successful outcome of these visits is that parents are often able to make their own arrangements for better contact with their children.

  5. MILTON KEYNES MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS - It's volunteers who make MK Museum such an outstanding tourist attraction. They set it up saving our heritage from bulldozers building the UK's only 'new city'. And their friendliness, knowledge and commitment, working in every area of the museum, are what turn a visit into something memorable, exciting and informative.

  6. OLD BATH HOUSE & COMMUNITY CENTRE - WOLVERTON - The Old Bath House introduced MK Community Fridge, a project that enables individuals and businesses to share food and reduce food waste significantly while providing free fresh produce to people and community groups. The volunteers run a cafe from the produce and organise outreach events across MK to unite communities.

  7. THE PRINCES CENTRE – PRINCES RISBOROUGH - The Princes Centre is the only day care facility in the local area and provides day care facilities for vulnerable people with physical and learning disabilities, mental health problems and frail elderly people, many of whom have degenerative conditions such as dementia.  Their aims are to help clients to maintain or improve their physical and mental well-being by providing educational and pleasurable activities to extend their knowledge and capabilities and enhance their daily lives, giving respect, support and maintaining their dignity.

  8. THE STABLEMATES - WAVENDON - The Stablemates support and enable the delivery of a high-quality annual programme of events within two performance spaces as well as educational workshops, National Youth Camps and a biennial International Festival. The Stables is an award-winning, nationally regarded live music venue of which the volunteers are the lifeblood.

  9. STOKE POGES, WEXHAM AND FULMER HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - Successful community involvement in horticulture, passing knowledge and tradition from generation to generation since 1884.  Volunteers are drawn from a wide social and age spectrum from three parishes with a common interest in gardening to share and develop with others. With varied relevant skills some have served for over 20 years and others have volunteered through the interest of their children, neighbours or fellow allotmenteers.

  10. WYCOMBE AND DISTRICT NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ASSOCIATION (WDNHWA) -WDNHWA provides information making residents more resistant to crime. WDNHWA has one of the highest density Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) schemes in the country with 1200 co-ordinators. It has shown exceptional innovation to incorporate adapted schemes in Bucks New University & the Muslim community and its work on cons & scams.

     

 

 

10:07, 03 Jun 2019 by Hannah Holmes

Record number of Buckinghamshire voluntary groups receive royal award

 

 

Ten voluntary organisations from across Buckinghamshire have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), the highest accolade a voluntary group in the UK can achieve. This year marks the highest number of winners in the county since the awards were first introduced in 2002.

This year's winners are:

  • Buckinghamshire MIND
  • Bux and Oxon 4x4 Response Group
  • Chalfont St Giles Youth Club
  • Chiltern Child Contact Centre, Amersham
  • Milton Keynes Museum Volunteers
  • Old Bath House & Community Centre, Wolverton
  • The Princes Centre, Princes Risborough
  • The Stablemates, Wavendon
  • Stoke Poges, Wexham & Fulmer Horticultural Society
  • Wycombe & District Neighbourhood Watch Association (WDNHWA)

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises the outstanding work carried out by voluntary groups in their local communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Representatives from each of the groups will receive their award from Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire or Alexander Boswell, Vice Lord Lieutenant, later this summer.

Sir Henry said: “I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups in Buckinghamshire who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and we look forward to meeting the volunteers when Alexander Boswell or I present each of the groups with their award.

“The list of winners is very diverse and it is pleasing to see the groups stretch across the whole of the county. When I received the full list of 2019 winners I was delighted. It is the highest number of awards Buckinghamshire has received since they were first introduced in 2002. Buckinghamshire has received the fourth highest total on the list across the whole the UK. Only Greater Manchester, Greater London and the West Midlands have received more awards this year.”

The cycle for award nominations for 2020 has now begun. New nominations can be submitted until 13 September 2019: https://qavs.direct.gov.uk

 

NOTES TO EDITORS: 

Information on each winner:
  1. BUCKINGHAMSHIRE MIND - Buckinghamshire MIND has over 400 volunteers, 144 of whom are young people, who are integrated in to the organisation. The group couldn't deliver it diverse range of mental health services and respond to demand without these volunteers. Being service-user led, 75% of the group's volunteers have personal experience of mental health problems.
  2. BUX AND OXON 4X4 RESPONSE GROUP - BORG are a group of volunteer 4x4 drivers who regularly support the local community who respond in times of emergencies such as adverse weather / flooding using their 4x4 skills, enthusiasm and willingness to get out and do what they can to protect the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people.

  3. CHALFONT ST GILES YOUTH CLUB - Chalfont St Giles Youth Club has operated for 73 years and is run totally by volunteers, 50% having matured through it. Its heartbeat is catering for all regardless of ability, age or background. The youth, dance and all-inclusive community groups provide a welcoming, safe and supportive community hub.

  4. CHILTERN CHILD CONTACT CENTRE - AMERSHAM The group provides a confidential and safe environment where children from separated families meet and enjoy time with the non-resident parent. Every family is made welcome. A successful outcome of these visits is that parents are often able to make their own arrangements for better contact with their children.

  5. MILTON KEYNES MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS - It's volunteers who make MK Museum such an outstanding tourist attraction. They set it up saving our heritage from bulldozers building the UK's only 'new city'. And their friendliness, knowledge and commitment, working in every area of the museum, are what turn a visit into something memorable, exciting and informative.

  6. OLD BATH HOUSE & COMMUNITY CENTRE - WOLVERTON - The Old Bath House introduced MK Community Fridge, a project that enables individuals and businesses to share food and reduce food waste significantly while providing free fresh produce to people and community groups. The volunteers run a cafe from the produce and organise outreach events across MK to unite communities.

  7. THE PRINCES CENTRE – PRINCES RISBOROUGH - The Princes Centre is the only day care facility in the local area and provides day care facilities for vulnerable people with physical and learning disabilities, mental health problems and frail elderly people, many of whom have degenerative conditions such as dementia.  Their aims are to help clients to maintain or improve their physical and mental well-being by providing educational and pleasurable activities to extend their knowledge and capabilities and enhance their daily lives, giving respect, support and maintaining their dignity.

  8. THE STABLEMATES - WAVENDON - The Stablemates support and enable the delivery of a high-quality annual programme of events within two performance spaces as well as educational workshops, National Youth Camps and a biennial International Festival. The Stables is an award-winning, nationally regarded live music venue of which the volunteers are the lifeblood.

  9. STOKE POGES, WEXHAM AND FULMER HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - Successful community involvement in horticulture, passing knowledge and tradition from generation to generation since 1884.  Volunteers are drawn from a wide social and age spectrum from three parishes with a common interest in gardening to share and develop with others. With varied relevant skills some have served for over 20 years and others have volunteered through the interest of their children, neighbours or fellow allotmenteers.

  10. WYCOMBE AND DISTRICT NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ASSOCIATION (WDNHWA) -WDNHWA provides information making residents more resistant to crime. WDNHWA has one of the highest density Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) schemes in the country with 1200 co-ordinators. It has shown exceptional innovation to incorporate adapted schemes in Bucks New University & the Muslim community and its work on cons & scams.

     

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