Three Kent Volunteer Groups have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The three exceptional groups to have been honoured with this prestigious Award in Kent are: Deal With It based in Deal, The Prince of Wales Youth Club in Canterbury and Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Service in Tunbridge Wells.
The Lord-Lieutenant is delighted these groups have been recognised in this way and very much hopes that we will see more excellent groups nominated for the Award in the future.
To find out more about Kent’s QAVS 2019 winners, take a look at their websites and see the amazing work they are doing for people in Kent:
Representatives from these groups attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.
281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups received the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafe/information centres in geographically remote locations and another group mentoring children who have a parent in prison.
The groups will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant later this summer.